Platforms Race To Capture The Connected Car Market (GigaOm)
Apple has just secured a deal with Japanese car maker Honda that will lead to deep integration with Apple’s iOS mobile operating system in the new 2014 Honda Civic.
The revamped HondaLink infotainment system found in the new Civic will allow users to access iPhone apps and give voice commands through Siri. The seven-inch monitor on the car’s dash will also feature touch navigation similar to the iPhone, and recognising gestures like swipes and pinches.
This does not mean Honda will not offer future support for Android devices. However, for now iOS is the big winner and Honda claims that Android users can access simple connectivity features like Bluetooth integration.
Meanwhile, Amazon’s Cloud Player iOS music app, featuring its cloud music service, is now compatible with all connected BMW and Mini vehicles, a year after debuting in a few Ford models.
Connected cars figure to be one of the next big mobile markets, and it’s clear that mobile platforms are starting to take notice. The race is on to see which platform will become most common on our car’s dashboard. Last year, Google teamed up with Kia, and Mitsubishi recently worked with Nokia. Read >
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