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Honda brings social networking to Japanese market vehicles

The folks at Honda are at it again. The Japanese car company is going beyond the "old and busted" real-time traffic updates found in some newer in-car GPS system and is introducing real-time weather updates in Japan. And that not all -- as if sites like MySpace weren't already taken over the Internet and lives of young children and adults everywhere, Honda is looking to take social networking to automobiles with its next generation GPS technology.

Drivers who subscribe to Honda's InterNavi Premium Club in Japan will have access to real-time weather updates every 10 minutes. Drivers will be given weather updates based on their current position or the destination entered. The system can also alert drivers to flooded roads and other weather-related road hazards.

Honda is also offering a Social Networking Service (SNS) with its InterNavi Premium Service. The SNS will allow drivers to enter comments about a particular location or point of interest (POI). The information will then be relayed to other club members and they can see your comments while approaching the destination.

Automobiles are becoming more detached and at the same time more connected with drivers. It seems as though car companies are finding more ways to keep humans from controlling their vehicles and at the same time finding more stuff for us to do along the way.

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By hondaman on 10/16/2006 11:33:00 AM , Rating: 1
"It seems as though car companies are finding more ways to keep humans from controlling their vehicles"

Can you please give an example of how a car company is taking control away from me? You certainly didnt give any examples of this phenomena in your article.

RE: Wha...
By Brandon Hill on 10/16/2006 11:36:58 AM , Rating: 4
Car manufacturers are finding more ways for the computer to take control from the driver (all were listed in the link provided in the last paragraph):

Lane Departure

Advanced Driver Assist System (steers for you)

Adaptative Cruise Control and Self Parking

Manufacturers are just laying the groundwork for a fully automated vehicle.

RE: Wha...
By stmok on 10/16/2006 12:03:42 PM , Rating: 2
He's got you there! :D

Is there a possible human-trust issue with the potential of fully automated cars?

For example: in aircraft, no pilot I know, military or civilian would bet their life on autopilot. And all this despite the fact that 747s can land themselves!

I guess it depends how safe they can be made...
Reminds me of Minority Report. With all those cars on highways and side of buildings! :)

RE: Wha...
By hondaman on 10/16/2006 12:31:50 PM , Rating: 2
Personally, I see these features as "up-sells", not as "evil car manufacturers chipping away at control"

Since automobiles were invented, driving was about freedom. Its the ability to go anywhere you want, when you want. I really dont foresee a future where you cant... just drive.

Its too American, its too embedded into American history and lore, driving is a passion that most motorists wont give away to a computer.

RE: Wha...
By Alphafox78 on 10/16/2006 12:37:25 PM , Rating: 2
I dunno about you, but I wouldnt mind be able to read or do something else on my commute without worrying about the road.

RE: Wha...
By jtesoro on 10/17/2006 5:30:34 AM , Rating: 2
I think there's room for both. Sometimes you want to drive yourself just for the fun of it. Other times all you want to do is to get from point A to point B, and the less of a "chore" it is, the better.

RE: Wha...
By repatch on 10/16/2006 2:26:58 PM , Rating: 2
How cars are taking control away from the drivers?

Auto Trannies
Daytime running lights

I'm not saying these are all bad things, but they are proof of some control being taken away from drivers

Honda Sat Nav DVD
By JNo on 10/16/2006 11:46:54 AM , Rating: 2
I have the latest Honda Accord model (couple years old?) here in the UK. Does anyone know where I can get DVD update disk to update Sat Nav maps for UK & Europe? Have scoured internet but no luck...

RE: Honda Sat Nav DVD
By SLEEPER5555 on 10/16/06, Rating: 0
RE: Honda Sat Nav DVD
By michal1980 on 10/16/2006 1:46:27 PM , Rating: 1
when is a honda a POS?

one of the better car manufactures in the world?

RE: Honda Sat Nav DVD
By SLEEPER5555 on 10/16/2006 2:18:37 PM , Rating: 1
"one of the better car manufactures in the world?"

based on what? honda has been crap since the mid to late 90's, quality has fallen and in the last 10 years honda has had 3 cars on the lemon list. honda is like HP, sony, dell, etc. a company who once had a good standing and continues to ride on what they once were.

RE: Honda Sat Nav DVD
By Samus on 10/16/2006 4:49:35 PM , Rating: 2
honda's general vehicle reliability is above average, but not great. generally they have issues with front end component reliability (tie-rod ends, sway-bar link pins, ball joints, rack & pinion) and hvac component reliability (a/c compressor failure, plastic quality issues with controls and vents, and heater core leakage.

engines/transmissions tend to be solid, but then again, who can't make a decent engine anymore (besides mopar) because seriously, we've been making internal combustion engines for over 100 years. if you haven't figured it out by now, God help you.

having put 55,000 miles on my honda rebel (motorcycle) which is a terrific milage for a bike on a stock motor, I believe Honda motors to be very reliable. all i've replaces are brakes, chains and tires. ohh, and a battery, but it is 20 years old.

RE: Honda Sat Nav DVD
By SLEEPER5555 on 10/16/2006 6:27:31 PM , Rating: 2
chrysler makes a bad engine? are you on crack or have you never driven a hemi? now thier auto trannies i have to give you that, they still suck.

RE: Honda Sat Nav DVD
By lemonadesoda on 10/16/2006 1:49:32 PM , Rating: 2
I've got to agree with Captain Obvious... go to the STEALERSHOP! It's unlikely that the people who own these cars are going to upload the navigation software to P2P. Old age pensioners just don't do P2P!

RE: Honda Sat Nav DVD
By kilkennycat on 10/16/2006 1:55:49 PM , Rating: 2
Your friendly Honda Dealer, of course. All good things come at a price :-) :-)

In other news...
By lemonadesoda on 10/16/2006 11:49:21 AM , Rating: 2
In other news...
For a small monthly fee, an add-in by Singers18+ can be installed on your Honda Social Networking Service (SNS)

The add-in, aptly named SXXX, broadcasts you sexual interests to all nearby cars, helping you identify other social swingers on the road, at traffic lights, and traffic-jams. The integrated GPS service allows you to find the nearest convenient motel.

RE: In other news...
By bldckstark on 10/16/2006 12:30:56 PM , Rating: 2
Pr0n in your car gives a whole new meaning to the word car-jacking!

RE: In other news...
By stmok on 10/16/2006 1:12:28 PM , Rating: 2
I can see it now...

"Hey babe, you wanna have a little fun in my Honda?" *wink wink*


By erwos on 10/16/2006 11:21:26 AM , Rating: 2
The question in my mind is the monthly pricing. Any info?

RE: Pricing?
By Brandon Hill on 10/16/2006 11:25:45 AM , Rating: 2
It appears to be free for the first 3 years. After that, I have no idea:

Poor little baby...
By IceTron on 10/16/2006 8:55:19 PM , Rating: 1
Honda a POS?

Does it get crowded in that narrow minded head of your? Honda, for the average earnings consumer is still one of the most reliable cars to purchase next to Toyota, with Nissan, VW, Subaru and Hyundai trailing.

Sure, Lexus, Acura, BMW, Mercedes, Lambo, Ferrari are even better quality vehicles, but not everyone can/will throw down $80,000-$150,000 for a car.

Domestics still have a loooong way to go before they match the reliblity of imports. I suggest you pick up a Auto issue of Consumer reports and inform yourself, less you make yourself more into a uniformed jackass then you already are.

Domestics are getting better, Chrysler is on the rise again thanks to their Daimler merger but Ford is in deep shit for obvious reasons. I laugh when people bitch and moan when trying to trade in used Ford products only find their resale value is less then half of a what a comparable import version of the vehicle would be. Theres a REASON for that people.

As long as the Japs keep making better cars, they get my money.

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