Honda favors iPhone while Toyota chooses Nokia

Honda favors iPhone while Toyota chooses Nokia
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By Posted 31 Jan 2013, 11:18

For many years now the auto industry has been following other markets along with sporting events to see what they are able to bring to their upcoming cars. Take F1, car manufacturers have been borrowing certain technology and then adapting them for road cars, KERS being the latest example of that. However, just recently we have seen a number of new cars coming with the kind of technology that we take for granted in our smartphones.

With this is mind we can now report that Honda is about to use some technology found in the iPhone 4S/5 and include it to certain models of the Accord and Acura. This tech that we are talking about is Siri, but you’ll need to have those devices above running iOS 6. Toyota will be improving their in-car services in a number of their vehicles by making Nokia’s Here Local Search available to them. According to the press release the technology will be integrated into certain models in Europe, the Middle East and Russia by 2014.

While this may be great news it’s not as good as what Honda is offering, but it does get annoying when they favor the likes of Apple and don’t make it more universal so you can use Android equivalent services as well. However, let’s not take away the fact that this will be welcome by thousands of drivers who will now be able to use voice commands in their Honda and Acura vehicles.

This tech will only be available for a few models, but we can picture an announcement in the future saying that more models will be getting the Siri function. It’s great that a huge number of car makers are keeping up with the technology and incorporating them into their cars, but we do find it strange how Mercedes refuse to install Bluetooth and instead charge extra for a device to support this.

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