Honda concept allows you to use your phone to drive an on-board navigation and entertainment system

Honda concept allows you to use your phone to drive an on-board navigation and entertainment system
Honda and Drivemode have teamed up to develop a new concept that allows you to use your own smartphone for the on-board navigation and entertainment system belonging to your car. By plugging the phone into a space built-in to the dashboard, you can access your phone's software instead of the limited capabilities of a car's pre-installed applications.

The screen on your handset doubles as the display for your car's on-board system. Using the Drivemode app, your phone responds to your voice as it works hands-free to help you navigate, change songs, answer messages and contact friends. For some applications, Drivemode's oversized buttons make them an easier target for drivers. And images from the blindspot camera will show up on your phone's screen as well.

There are some issues that will need to be resolved, including offering a cavity in the dashboard that will support different smartphone sizes. Honda says that this concept is still years away from being included in a production vehicle. One thing that will have to be developed is an iOS version of the Drivemode app. Available only in Android at the present, Drivemode says that it will produce a version of its app for Apple's mobile OS.


source: Drivemode, Engadget

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4 Comments

1. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Would have made sense pre Android Auto/Car play. Wasn't the whole point of those to imitate the phone and it's content/apps? Seems like am hassle, taking your phone out and placing it back in each time.

2. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

good idea BUT why not do what im doing and just add a nice size tablet and run the hotspot from ur phone to feed the tablet...done

4. buccob

Posts: 2979; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

This is basically what I have with the Sony XSP N1BT car stereo... Of course the Sony one is not as "integrated" because it is standard made to hold many devices in many vehicles, but it is basically the same thing... As for the opinions above, regarding my current experience... Yes it is slightly an inconvenience to place / take your phone each time, but it is not mandatory, it is optional (of course, using the phone gives you a fuller, richer experience)... Secondly the reasons for this to be useful are many: 1) To reduce cost of the Stereo and to give another use to your, already expensive phone. 2) To motivate you to have a safer drive by reducing the need to have the phone in your hand, and encouraging the use of Hands Free calls/text/UI. 3) MY MAIN REASON... in a dangerous city/country where phones robbery (during traffic jams) are an everyday thing, this Car Stereo is VERY handy by camouflaging your phone... and after you reach your destination you take it with you and the Dash will look unappealing to thieves... I Like this idea a lot and I hope it catches on. I am very happy with mine, just hope that Sony improves the design for the next gen, and also the companion App

5. Roshnishama

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

That's pretty good!

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