Honda Cars India has introduced an enhanced version of Honda Connect by introducing Honda Action on Google, and it has been made available on the fifth-gen Honda City. The Honda City already comes with Alexa remote capability and this new update will allow customers to engage with the new Google Assistant with Ok Google voice commands. Honda has also introduced four new functionalities to the Honda Connect platform, in addition to the already existing list of 32 functionalities.
- Honda Connect updated with Ok Google
- Adds 4 new connected features
Ok Google feature on Honda City
The Honda Action on Google feature essentially allows for 10 voice-enabled features that can be performed via Google Assistant-enabled devices like Google Nest Speakers, Android phones, etc., or even Google’s text-based command functionality. It is also supported by iOS devices.
You can simply say "Ok Google" to perform functions such as switching the AC on/off, setting temperature, lock/unlock doors, find your car, open the boot remotely, get tyre inflation status, check battery and fuel status, and much more.
For instance, to operate your climate control, you can simply say, "Ok Google, ask Honda to turn on my car’s AC and set temperature to cool,” or you can say, “Ok Google, ask Honda to check my car’s fuel capacity,” to check the status of fuel in your car.
Additionally, Honda has also introduced four new functionalities on the Honda Connect platform – Valet Alert, Fuel Log Analysis, Cost of Maintenance Analysis and Enhanced options for Service Products – bringing the total up to 36 connected features. These new features offer detailed analysis and graphical representation of specifics such as fuel usage and maintenance costs.
Honda City: engine and gearbox options
Honda offers a 121hp 1.5-litre petrol and a 100hp 1.5-litre diesel engine option with the new fifth-generation City. Both these engines are mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, with the petrol also getting the option of a CVT automatic.
Honda in India
Honda is currently gearing up for the launch of the mid-cycle facelift of the Amaze sedan on August 17, 2021. The company is also planning to introduce an all-new midsize SUV based on the City’s platform by 2023. This new SUV will take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Hector and Tata Harrier when launched.