Drivers are getting used to telematics – in-dash or smartphone apps. Onboard internet-connected telematics are becoming the norm in new vehicles, offering everything from Facebook access to real-time driving direction. As electric vehicles grow in numbers, the importance of telematics being connected to the latest in charging station availability will grow in importance to reduce range anxiety.
Honda is addressing this dilemma by offering HondaLink EV, a platform developed by Agero Connected Vehicle Services specifically designed to enhance the EV experience. HondaLink has been available to customers for a while on cars like the Accord, and HondaLink EV also assists in vehicle charging management and mapping driving range. It will only be available in California and Oregon, at first.
Like other automakers, Honda is facing a lot of potential unknowns for customer acceptance of a new technology, so the company is hoping that providing multiple interfaces offers a way to deliver a high level of knowledge and comfort to Fit EV owners, according to Charlie Cavolina, president of Agero. With that will come a platform that will quickly offer Honda and other automakers immediate feedback from car owners so that next-generation can be quickly adapted.
The system is being tested by Honda working with IBM and Pacific Gas & Electric for vehicle-to-grid possibilities. It’s a software test with simulated scenarios to see if the Fit EV’s battery could power a house, or send power back to the grid. The project is testing the signal that could tell the car to stop charging.