Following the launch of the 2024 Honda CR-V, a lot are curious about what goodies it comes with. Honda SENSING and Honda CONNECT – aside from the hybrid variant – are included in a list of great draws of the 2024 CR-V, but for this article, let’s focus on the former, which is the CONNECT system and app, and see what it does and how it works.
Honda CONNECT 3-year subscription is free with a CR-V
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For starters, Honda CONNECT is a smart device application that you can download and install absolutely free on both iOS and Android. The services that it comes with, however, do come with a subscription fee but seeing that its PH launch is care of the 2024 CR-V, owners of the new Honda crossover will get the said subscription free for the first 3 years. CONNECT focuses on communication between owner and vehicle, and using “smart telematics technology”, it provides safety, security, and convenience features all in one app.
The safety “suite” of the Honda CONNECT service includes 3 features, namely Automatic Collision Detection, a Security Alarm, and Speed Alert.
The first, when set up, detects when the vehicle figures into an accident and automatically calls for help when it happens. As for the Security Alarm, this provides an alert if the vehicle’s alarm is triggered; particularly useful if we can’t see the vehicle as this gives us a warning and a good reason to check. The last, Speed Alert, serves as the vehicle’s owner’s eyes on the speedometer. In the event that someone else might be driving his or her Honda, the app will give notifications if the driver goes beyond a pre-set speed.
Three security features also come with Honda CONNECT.
The first is the Find My Car feature, which, as its name implies, enables owners to locate the vehicle using their phone via a pin on a map. Geofencing Alert is possibly the greatest of these 3, though. This particular feature sends an alert when the vehicle is taken beyond a specific and set area limit. Think of it as sending you an alert if your car is taken to the next street without your knowledge. Anti-carnap, right? The third is a rather trivial feature. With Emergency Call, it simply enables users to quickly access emergency contacts when they’re already in the CONNECT app.
Honda CONNECT’s Convenience features include Car Status, Remote Vehicle Control, Service reminder, and Communication.
Car Status mainly gives out information on anything on the vehicle that requires attention; basically, it serves as the vehicle’s diagnostic support system.
Remote Vehicle Control, unfortunately, isn’t a “remote control” that you can use to drive with your mobile device. What it does, though is that it enables owners to control features such as Remote Engine Start & Stop, Remote Air Conditioner Control, Remote Lock & Unlock, and Remote Light Control all via the mobile app.
Service Reminder is exactly what it says, it sends out reminders on when maintenance might already be due, and it can also schedule the said maintenance date through the app.
As for Communication, it’s more of an integration with social networking sites as well as with Honda news and alerts. Via this function, owners can share posts on social media and also get important information from Honda via the app.
Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. General Manager Atty. Louie Soriano assured buyers of the 2024 Honda CR-V, though, that their subscription is free for the first 3 years, after which, they will already have to pay for continued CONNECT services. As of this posting, the actual price for a Honda CONNECT subscription is still unknown; rather, “undeclared”. The pricing scheme and strategy for Honda CONNECT are still being ironed out, but we’ll make sure to keep everyone abreast once more information comes out.
If you’re interested in the Honda CONNECT app, you can still download and install it, but if you’re not linking it with a 2024 CR-V, expect that not everything the list above will be available to you.
Thanks, HCPI! Now we’ll just have to find at least PHP 2.1M to buy a CR-V and get Honda CONNECT free for the first 3 years!