You may have come across the term “internet-of-things.” Simply put, it’s essentially the network of physical objects that are embedded with sensors, software and related tech that links it for the purpose of exchanging data with other devices and systems over the internet.
Examples are smart home appliances, wireless inventory trackers and biometric security scanners that can be remotely controlled. Imagine if you were running out of milk and your fridge could sense that, subsequently adding a reminder to your phone to get some on the way home?
Well, that’s pretty much a reality these days and the next logical system to join the internet-of-things is your vehicle. As modern vehicles become increasingly connected, it just makes sense to be able to remotely access certain functions and have the vehicle itself schedule a service with the authorised centre.
That’s precisely what Honda Connect is all about. Officially available in the Malaysian market now with the Honda City RS, Honda Connect joins the likes of Mercedes-Benz with its Me Connect and Proton with Proton Link.
Honda Connect utilises the car’s onboard sensors and computing prowess to not just allow owners control of some of the cars functions but also onboard diagnostics for issues that can be sent via a report to the authorised service centre to reduce downtime when the car is sent for service.
From a safety and security standpoint, Honda Connect integrates Automatic Collision Detection with Honda’s Roadside Assist Call Centre by immediately sending out an emergency alert for the roadside assist to be deployed as well as providing support to the driver on follow-up steps.
Also working in conjunction with Honda’s Roadside Assist Call Centre is Security Alarm Detection. As the name suggests, it allows remote monitoring by the owner of any attempts of forceful entry that activates the alarm. A notification is sent to the app and the roadside assist as well.
Other features utilise geolocation or geofencing to support Find My Car, Speed Alert and Geo-Fencing Alert. The onboard sensors triangulate its position for you to locate it in a huge carpark or if someone borrows your City RS, you’ll get a notification if they speed or leave a preset geofenced area.
Now lastly, Honda Connect also integrates Remote Vehicle Control that allows you to lock and unlock the car remotely and even start it, to keep the engine warmed up if you’re away for long periods of time.
Car Status and Service Reminder are pretty self-explanatory really. You’ll be able to access important information such as battery charge status and fuel level. Furthermore, owners can access online records of the vehicle’s maintenance schedule, service history, parts replaced, estimated cost of repairs or servicing and of course make a reservation for servicing.
In the event of a malfunction or part failure, the Honda Connect Remote Diagnostic Support will send a report of the car’s status beforehand to the service centre for technicians to perform an initial assessment. Not only will this save time when the car is physically sent over but can facilitate in ordering parts beforehand to reduce downtime and avoid inventory shortages.
The remote diagnostic support system has access to the 11 sub-systems within the vehicle:
- anti-lock brakes (ABS)
- supplemental restraint system (SRS)
- braking system
- engine malfunction
- stability control
- electric power steering system
- charging system
- lane keep assist
- adaptive cruise control
- power system
- safety support
While Honda Connect isn’t the first of its kind here, it has taken a step further with integrating more features and services for the convenience of owners.