Honda Gold Wing gets Android – Africa Twin to follow?

The Honda Gold wing is to receive Android connectivity as well as Apple CarPlay

THE flagship Honda Gold Wing touring motorcycle is to gain a new layer of connectivity in the form of the Android Auto connectivity system.

The update will mean owners with an Android 5.0 smartphone or higher will be able to use music, media, and messaging apps. The system integrates with a Bluetooth headset and features a simplified version of the Google Assistant meaning both hands can be kept on the handlebars during use.

Could Honda announce this in the UK or on other models?

The update comes at no extra cost to the customer and will be rolled out in the US from June 2020 onwards. While the change is officially announced by Honda USA, there really isn’t much a reason the change couldn’t be implemented across the UK and mainland Europe either.

Honda could also introduce the tech to the latest bikes in the Africa Twin range, as they share a similar high tech dash set up and already have the Bluetooth module included – confirmation of this though is as yet not know.

How the Android Auto system would look on the Honda Gold Wing dash

The advantage of the system is that it can effectively mirror your phone's screen onto the dash of the bike, making setting up of navigation, via Google Maps, Waze, or similar, a much easier and more intuitive process. Because the phone is mimicked by the dash, it also makes the need for a handlebar-mounted phone cradle almost redundant.

Honda is the third of the big manufacturers now looking to Android for rider communication solutions, and they join Harley-Davidson and BMW, both of whom already run the Android system on certain flagship bikes.


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I. Freaking. Love. This. It's about time connectivity with our vehicles moved outwards from just Apple. It's been so frustrating when things don't sync well because the system is designed for the big ol' Apple brand, when tons of us are using something else. Handsfree = safer x a kajillion. (Also, I just gotta say that I love the design, all those buttons and that nice display makes me feel like a pilot starting an exciting, complicated machine...which my bike is, of course ;) )
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