2014 Honda Civic Gets The Hint, Makes Smartphones Central To The Driving Experience (Video) Page 2

December 4, 2013

2014 Honda Civic

OUR TAKE

Though HondaLink isn't perfect, it's a step in the right direction. It puts the smartphone closer to the center of the infotainment experience and elbows automakers slightly out of the way.

In the near future, we expect that smartphones will win their fight for control of the dashboard. In fact, phone integration is so important to today's consumers that recent studies show new-car customers are unwilling to purchase vehicles that can't pair with their phones.

Further down the road -- when internet access becomes as ubiquitous as, say, radio -- we hope to see dashboards that mimic Google's current browser interface, giving users access to all their important data with one simple login, no matter where they are. That will create a consistent experience from car to car to car, no matter what users drive. (FWIW, Apple is already hard at work on this.) It will also allow automakers to focus on what they do best -- namely, making cars -- and leave tech to the tech firms.

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