Honda enters connected car race (with some help from smartphones)

Honda on Wednesday became the latest big automaker to unveil an in-car connected infotainment system. Called HondaLink, the platform uses Harman’s Aha technology to connect to reams of different content sources, ranging from Facebook newsfeeds to audiobook libraries and Internet radio, all of which drivers can activate through a touch of a button or voice command. Honda is releasing the platform this fall in the 2013 Honda Accord, but it is also customizing a special version of HondaLink for its Fit EV line of electric vehicles.