Telstra named Honda’s connectivity partner

04 June 2024

Telstra has been announced as the connectivity partner for Honda in Australia, powering the next generation of technology in the Accord.

The new car introduces an improved upgrade to the Honda Connect service and the first integration of Google built-in, enabled by Telstra SIM and powered by Telstra’s leading mobile network.

“We’re entering a new era of technology and innovation in the automotive industry,” said Jon Young Flores, Telstra industry executive. “By bringing together our connectivity expertise, including the largest mobile and IoT networks in Australia, our partnership with Honda is really about delivering the best connected car experience for new Honda Accord owners in Australia – one that is more convenient and enjoyable.”

Among the enhanced connectivity capabilities made possible by this partnership, Honda is able to securely access the vehicle’s telemetry data, which collects, transmits and analyses vehicle data including engine performance, fuel efficiency and environmental conditions for improved vehicle maintenance and diagnostic monitoring; a new and improved infotainment system with entertainment, navigation, and weather updates. On the future roadmap, Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology connecting smart devices to the car and allows the vehicle to interact with things around it.

This connectivity means seamless integration of navigation and live traffic updates, and hands-free help from Google Assistant for in-vehicle voice control of functions such as the car’s temperature, and the ability to download music, podcasts and audiobooks.

“Telstra has been dedicated to working with leading auto brands to enhance the driving experience across safety, convenience and enjoyment,” said Flores. “Partnering with Honda for the launch of the new Accord, a benchmark in its category, marks a key step toward that mission.”

“At Honda Australia, our core focus is in delivering exceptional customer experiences through our innovative products and technology, and this partnership with Telstra helps us achieve that,” said Honda Australia vice president & director Carolyn McMahon. “In-car connectivity is more important to our customers today than ever before, and with the launch of the all-new 11th generation Accord we are jointly delivering the joy of connectivity and convenience to our customers.”