National Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Honda Link, Apple CarPlay, & Android Auto
Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2014, 3,179 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is leading the effort to stop texting and cell phone use behind the wheel. Since 2009, we’ve banned texting and cell phone use for commercial drivers, encouraged states to adopt tough laws, and launched several campaigns to raise public awareness about the issue.
Honda does it’s part by offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in the 2016 Honda Civic and Accord, EX models and above. Both offer smart phone integration to allow the user to interact with their smart phone through voice commands, keeping a drivers hands on the wheel, and eyes on the road.
- Apple CarPlay integrates your iPhone with Civic’s built-in touch-screen display and controls, improving convenience and helping minimize the potential for distraction.
- With Apply CarPlay, you can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music right from the touch screen in the car, or by voice using Siri.
- Apple CarPlay includes access to Apple Maps, which can provide turn-by-turn directions, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time.
- Apple CarPlay is also compatible with third-party audio apps like iHeartRadio. When downloaded to the iPhone, their icons will also appear on the touch-screen and can be controlled by voice.
- To use Apple CarPlay, connect a Lightning cable from a compatible iPhone (ios 7.1 or later, and iPhone 5 or later) to the vehicle’s USB Audio Interface in the center stack. Note: Apple CarPlay will not work when using the USB port inside the Civic’s center console.
- To use Siri while driving, press and hold the Talk button on the steering wheel until you hear the Siri ton. (A single press of the Talk button activates the vehicle’s voice control, not Apple CarPlay.)
- Android Auto allows drivers to use select smart phone apps through vehicle-based touch and voice commands, helping minimize the potential for distraction so the driver can stay focused on the road.
- Compatible with Android 5.0 and higher, Android Auto features Google Maps, Google Now, messaging music, and numerous popular apps.
- Google Maps can provide voice-guided navigation, updated traffic conditions, lane guidance, and more.
- To use Android Auto, install the Android Auto App on a compatible Android smart phone. Connect a USB cable from the phone to the vehicle’s USB Audio Interface in the center stack. Note: Android Auto will no work when using the USB port inside the Civic’s center console.
- To talk to Google while driving, press and hold the Talk button on the steering wheel until you hear the Android tone. (A single press of the talk button activates the vehicles voice control, not Android Auto.)
As far as which one is better, it’s up to your personal preferences when it comes to user interface of each device. They are both competitive options that allow for a safer, more hands-free driving experience.
For Honda models that don’t currently support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, drivers have the option to use HondaLink with your supported smartphone. Available on select models, HondaLink fills the gap for vehicles that don’t already support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The app, available through the App Store or Google Play, allows drivers to connect their phone to their vehicle. It provides access to maps, weather, restaurants close to your location, and other points of interest. The bonuses of having HondaLink are the innovative new features making it easy to schedule service appointments, repairs, and more.
Should you have any questions on how to link your smart phone to your Honda, you may stop by Bianchi Honda . One of our helpful staff members can walk you through connectivity and show you how to navigate the app, touch screen, and steering wheel controls.