Google is already set on getting their in-car infotainment system, Android Auto ready for prime time by early next year with their current partners. There are a few other manufacturers that have a different thought of what the infotainment should look like. One of those auto manufacturers is Honda. Honda have went ahead to partner up with NVidia to come up with an infotainment system of their own based on Android. This move from NVidia though should not come as a surprise with the Tegra K1 processor being fitted in the Android TV and the amazing SHIELD gaming tablet.
They are calling it the Honda Connect and instead of a version of Android Auto they are using the regular Android Operating System. To be specific they are using Android’s 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. This will be the first infotainment in the world to come with NVidia’s Tegra processing power and with that being said it is expected to be super fast and smooth while being able to seamlessly connect with any Android smartphones in the market. Although the choice of the Operating System on the Connect is a questionable one there are some expectations as well that it will be updated with newer versions of Android in the coming months just like any Android Smartphones will.
It comes in the form of a 7-inches capacitive touchscreen display that would allow you to view information pertaining your vehicle, radio frequency tuning, rear view camera, and of course the GPS. You also get Honda’s very own App Centre for you to download compatible apps, videos, music, and other sort of contents. And you can do all these while you are on the go, pretty much like having a car-sized tablet or smartphone if you ask me.
The NVidia powered car will arrive as early as next year in Europe in the form of the Civic, Civic Tourer, and CR-V. No surprises there too as these are Honda’s top selling models in the region. There will be more releases of the NVidia powered infotainment system elsewhere in the world including Asian and the American regions. Judging by Honda’s usual habits, Malaysia may not have to wait long for an NVidia powered car after its release in Europe.