Honda announces that the 2017 Pilot EX will support Apple's CarPlay, Android Auto

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Automotive manufacturer Honda has announced that Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay will be implemented in higher-end 2017 Pilot models.

The Pilot EX will have an 8-inch touchscreen, with a better coating which Honda says will resist fingerprints better. The Pilot EX will go on sale starting Nov. 7 with a retail price of $33,030 to start.

The 2017 Accord was Honda's first 2017 model-year car with CarPlay, but the manufacturer has had several models, dating back to the previous year that use the technology.

Apple's CarPlay was introduced in March 2014.

After connecting an iPhone to the system, a steering wheel-mounted voice control button activates Siri to cut down on distractions in the cockpit, though users can also interface with iOS-inspired controls if a car comes equipped with a touchscreen.

According to Apple, CarPlay can access all knobs, buttons and dials controlling an in-car display. Additionally, drivers can place phone calls, get directions, listen to voice mail messages, access contacts and have text messages read to them by Siri.

Apple notes that there are more than 100 models of cars to choose from that use CarPlay, made by 34 different manufacturers.

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