Honda to offer in-car web radio with HondaLink and Harman's Aha Radio

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 12:40pm

HondaLinkHonda has become the latest carmaker to offer in-car web radio.

The company yesterday announced a new system called HondaLink, which incoporates Aha Radio (from audio-equipment supplier Harman) and includes built-in support for Pandora.

Like the systems offered by Ford, GM and other automakers, HondaLink reportedly relies on a smartphone to connect to the web. It's controlled via voice commands and in-dash buttons.

The system reportedly includes an in-dash app for Pandora, Slacker and Shoutcast streams. Besides web radio options, HondaLink includes podcasts, audio news feeds from Facebook and Twitter and other offerings. It will first be available in the 2013 Accord.

It's a good first step for Honda, but the company "has a long way to go," writes Wired. "There’s still a lot missing from HondaLink to make it competitive... for now this is just one small step for Honda, while the competition is already on its second lap."

You can find more coverage from Engadget here, The Verge here, Wired here and AutoWeek here.

1/25: RAIN offers handy guide to in-car dashboard web radio systems

Friday, December 23, 2011 - 11:00am

Whew! It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks for in-car Internet radio. Nearly every major car maker (and a slew of third-party retailers) has introduced some sort of dashboard Net radio system. And frankly, it’s tough to keep track of it all. That’s why today RAIN presents a round-up of in-car Internet radio... (read more here)

Honda to add Pandora to 2012 CR-V

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 11:00am

Honda's Pandora-friendly CR-V dashboardHonda has announced its 2012 CR-V will include Pandora integration. Drivers will need an iPhone to stream Pandora while driving. The 2012 CR-V goes on sale on December 15.

This is the first Internet radio integration from Honda. Pandora says Honda is its 14th automotive partner

Pandora's press release has more information here.


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