HondaLink EV Platform Brings Connectivity to Anxious EV Drivers

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.



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