Honda has filed patents for the RoadSync application in the Indian market. Honda’s RoadSync app connects the motorcycle’s instruments cluster with the user’s smartphone. The patent application could mean that Honda is planning to launch RoadSync on a wide variety of Honda motorcycles in India. Honda RoadSync is likely to work in tandem with the Smartphone Voice Control System which is already available on the Honda H’Ness CB350.
Bluetooth Connectivity in India
The Indian two-wheeler market is looking at a new trend with more and more companies introducing smartphone integration. Even scooters now come with Bluetooth connectivity and dedicated applications that can track telemetry from the vehicle. One example is the TVS Ntorq scooter and Apache RTR series motorcycle. Hero MotoCorp also offers Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation on the Xpulse 200. Similarly, Royal Enfield made the debut of the Tripper navigation system which is also an app-based connectivity platform for Royal Enfield bikes.
Looking at the pattern of the current automotive industry, where these Bluetooth connectivity options are shifting from niche to mainstream, Honda could also launch the RoadSync on multiple Honda scooters and motorcycles in India. Honda’s Hornet 2.0, X-Blade and Grazia 125 already come with digital instrument clusters and Honda might begin upgrading them with the RoadSync system. The Honda RoadSync will include Navigation, Calls, Text and Music. The rider will be able to control these using the switchgear or voice commands.
When will Honda launch RoadSync in India?
While the timeline is currently unknown, Honda filed patents in March 2021 and the status shows accepted. This leads us to believe that Honda will launch the RoadSync soon in the Indian market. Initially, premium Honda motorcycles are likely to come with the new technology followed by other motorcycles and scooters as well. Currently, the RoadSync application is free to download and use in countries and motorcycles compatible with the technology.
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