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News   July 25, 2012   by CARS Magazine

Aha to Power Content in New HondaLink System

Aha by HARMAN, an infotainment platform that delivers Web content, will now be delivering content to HondaLink, a new technology that streams information and entertainment to Honda vehicles. Tens of thousands of stations from Aha, such as...


Aha by HARMAN, an infotainment platform that delivers Web content, will now be delivering content to HondaLink, a new technology that streams information and entertainment to Honda vehicles. Tens of thousands of stations from Aha, such as audiobooks, internet radio, on-demand music, news, entertainment, personalized points of interest information, Facebook and Twitter audio newsfeeds and much more will be available free to HondaLink users. Aha will be seamlessly integrated into the HondaLink mobile app and audio system-based interface system for a unified user experience.

HondaLink will debut this fall on the all-new, ninth-generation 2013 Honda Accord. Honda and Aha previously announced the partnership at CES 2012, and today Honda shared details of the HondaLink platform including Aha via live webcast. A recording will be viewable after the webcast at www.hondanews.com/live/HondaTech.

“We are making Aha’s fourth band of radio ubiquitous so that consumers can listen to the latest Web-based infotainment on any device, whether that be on their smart phone or even in their car” said Robert Acker, vice-president and GM of Aha by Harman. “Through our partnership with Honda, we are helping a global automotive giant deliver the next-generation of infotainment to drivers. Aha continually adds new stations with the latest audio content, and now drivers with HondaLink will benefit from Aha’s expanding infotainment selections for the life of their vehicles.”

After downloading the free HondaLink app for iPhone or Android, users can use their phones to select their preset stations from over 30,000 choices. When their smart phone is connected to a compatible Honda entertainment system, the users’ Aha presets become radio preset buttons, so drivers can put down the phone and switch between stations just like traditional radio. When they arrive at their destination and exit the car, users can seamlessly continue enjoying their content with their smart phone.