“While Apple’s upcoming iOS in the Car functionality has been gaining significant attention, some automakers have been developing their own systems to allow for greater integration between iPhones and vehicles,” Eric Slivka reports for MacRumors.

“In many ways, HondaLink feels like a traditional in-dash system with navigation and music capabilities, but in this case it all runs through the iPhone, integrating Aha, Pandora, and iTunes library music services with GPS navigation and phone services,” Slivka reports. “The system also supports Siri Eyes Free mode, allowing users to interact with their devices without taking their eyes off the road.”

“Running everything through the user’s iPhone offers a number of benefits, most notably with the navigation services,” Slivka reports. “While it does require an upfront $59.99 purchase for the app, Honda is able to remotely push map updates and deliver other updates to the service free of charge through the App Store.”

Read more, and see the screenshots, in the full article here.