Honda’s new, all-electric connected car Clarity EV, set for an August 1 release, will feature Apple’s CarPlay in-dash platform, including a Display Audio touchscreen that supports both CarPlay and Android Auto.
Apple calls CarPlay “the ultimate copilot,” touting it as a “smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car. CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display.”
That doesn’t mean it’s kosher to start scrolling the Facebook feed or shopping in traffic. But it does mean it’ll be possible for drivers to get directions mid-ride, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all without taking their focus off the road.
Android Auto is a smartphone app that provides essentially the same capabilities and can be used either on the phone or directly on the car’s display.
In addition to the latest and greatest wireless integration and a zero-emissions model, auto Honda Clarity also features the newest safety features, including autonomous braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and lane-keeping assist features.
The Clarity EV isn’t Honda’s first vehicle with CarPlay. It joins the ranks of the 2016-2017 Accord and Civic and the 2017 CR-V, Ridgeline and Pilot. In terms of emissions, it follows the Clarity Fuel Cell, launched in December 2016, and precedes the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, slated for later in 2017.
California and Oregon will have the first chance to try the Clarity EV when it’s released in August.