Honda Introduces 2016 Accord With CarPlay and Android Auto Support

Honda today at its high-tech research facility in Mountain View introduced its new 2016 Accord with support for both CarPlay and Android Auto, reports Re/code. The ninth-generation sedan will be the first Honda vehicle to support CarPlay as the Japanese car maker aims to expand the iPhone-based dashboard system across its vehicle lineup throughout 2016 and beyond.

Honda's new 2016 Accord supports CarPlay (Image: Mercury News/Dai Sugano)

CarPlay will come standard on 2016 Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models. Honda opted to announce the mid-sized vehicle in Mountain View, as opposed to traditional auto hotbeds such as Detroit and Los Angeles, because of Silicon Valley's growing importance to the auto industry, particularly as vehicles become more connected with CarPlay and other modern technologies.

Apple has listed Honda as a CarPlay partner on its website for several months, but the car maker has not been entirely clear about its launch plans until today. GM is also committed to supporting CarPlay in 2016 across its Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC vehicle brands, while Kenwood recently began shipping its lineup of aftermarket CarPlay and Android Auto systems.

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65 months ago

How hackable is the car, though? I'm thinking that apart from Tesla's, I'm going to stick with cars which are made pre-2010 or so to avoid the possibility of being hacked (more precisely, I'll just investigate all the possible attack vectors.)

Worrying about being hacked is irrational. You're so likely to be seriously injured in a car accident, the risk of being hacked is negligible by comparison.
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65 months ago
Hey Honda, how about the coming class-action lawsuit for all the cars you sold last year with the new audio display where your dealers said it would be backward compatible with CarPlay** (because the beta was run in customer cars with regular production head-units running CarPlay firmware delivered by USB stick)???

** and then you tweeted 2 weeks ago that CarPlay wouldn't be backward compatible.

Whatever happened to Honda's vaunted and legendary customer care?? Seems like it has now been replaced by bait and switch.
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65 months ago

I know, right? There's always the possibility it CarPlay could come via a firmware update---bwahaha, oh, who am I kidding? We'll never get CarPlay. :(

Automakers must think that people will buy a new car just to get CarPlay. Instead of offering software upgrade (heck, charge $150 like they do with incremental annual map update) and earning customer royalty, they choose to bitch slap customers.
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65 months ago

Honda has always been mediocre cars. Ask millions with their 5 speed autos that destruct how they were treated? Or those with VCM issues in the V6's. Honda has never been anything special.

the public must be fools to buy Hondas in droves year after year, and those magazines that rate them top ten mid-size sedan year after year...
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65 months ago
Why does Honda make them so ugly?

Good deal, though. Solid cars.
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65 months ago

Why trust Tesla?

Oh yeah, they're the "Cool Car Company" cause they have Elon to worship...

Because they've had software engineers at the company since before they made their first car. Because they regularly release software updates over the air. Because they talk about how secure their software is. Because they invite hackers to try and hack it.

No other car company does any of that. They've all strapped on random "smart" features in the least intelligent ways, with no regard for security at all.
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