Honda announced a new “Display Audio” system for the latest Civic that goes on sale today and also the upcoming 2015 Honda Fit.
It includes a 7-inch touch, swipe, pinch and zoom screen (similar to a smartphone screen) so that you can easily zoom around maps and control phone functions.
Users can swipe the screen to control volume but there is no longer a volume knob.
It’s a high definition capacitive screen available on all 2014 Civic models, EX and above.
It also includes Honda’s first factory integration of Siri Eyes Free where you press and hold a button on the steering wheel for voice commands (and then for safety, the iPhone screen won’t light up). From there you can send verbal texts and emails, and have email and texts read aloud plus turn by turn navigation and other features.
Pandora is built-in and you can tap on the screen to Like a song and you can create Pandora stations from the radio.
Navigation comes from an app on your phone that appears on the Display Audio screen in 3D with verbal turn by turn routing and real time traffic. Also, if you hit a cellular dead zone, the navigation keeps going, said Honda. And you can send directions from a computer to the car.
The system uses Aha radio for entertainment from thousands of Internet radio, music, news and podcasts and Twitter and Facebook updates. The system also lets you add approved third party apps for the car.
The system works with the iPhone 5, 5C and 5S. It is expected to work with Android phones next year. And it will work with MirrorLink phones “later” said Honda in a video here.
The system allows firmware updates and Honda is working on over-the-air updates.