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Acura Debuts Next-Generation AcuraLink® Connected Car System at Los Angeles Auto Show

New Cloud-based service offers intuitive access to music, media, emergency services, new surface-street traffic conditions, live operator assistance and more

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Acura today announced the next generation AcuraLink® cloud-based connected car system that will debut in early 2013 on the all-new 2014 Acura RLX luxury sedan. AcuraLink services are now available via new embedded technology and web-enabled devices tethered to the car, bringing a broad range of convenience, media and security features to the new flagship RLX sedan.

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Featuring one of the first luxury-brand OEM applications of Aha™ by Harman, the next generation of AcuraLink connects drivers to thousands of personalized cloud-based news, information and media feeds from around the world, using an intuitive, audio-system based interface. In RLX models equipped with the Acura Navigation System, the new AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ service includes updated freeway and—for the first time—surface-street traffic, giving the RLX owner a clear picture of driving conditions, and the added efficiency of automatic rerouting to help find the quickest path to a destination.

"We have a lot of sophisticated customers who use today's smartphones and other tools to stay connected to the people, music and media they love," said Charles Koch, Large Project Leader for AcuraLink. "The next generation of AcuraLink is designed to let them conveniently do that in the car, while keeping their eyes on the road and without having to pick up their phone."

When equipped with the navigation system, the RLX's screen can display regularly updated traffic information including traffic flow, incidents and construction on freeways and surface streets. The information is from probe traffic, a system that tracks the real-time movements of vehicles on the road to generate up-to-date flow information. The system can automatically recalculate a more efficient detour based on surface street escapes, providing improved route suggestions, when traffic congestion or road incidents are detected along the route. An Eco Route feature factors in traffic condition, incline of the road and fuel consumption data, providing a more fuel efficient route.

"Using a cloud-based strategy, this is the next generation of the connected car," said Koch. "In particular, the surface-street traffic feature took a lot of proprietary development. This is the first time that this near real-time surface street traffic information has been fully integrated into a vehicle."

AcuraLink, Acura's two-way vehicle data connectivity system, was first launched in 2004 in the 2005 Acura RL. The new generation of the system makes its debut in navigation-equipped trims of the 2014 Acura RLX, and will be available in three-tiers of service: the Standard Package, which is complimentary for three years, and the Connect and Premium Packages, which are subscriber-based services providing new levels of connectivity for the luxury customer.

Standard Package

The AcuraLink Standard Package includes both embedded and tethered connected services, and comes available on the following RLX packages: RLX with Navigation, Technology, Krell and Advance grades. Embedded features include the traffic and driver messaging features.

The new AcuraLink smartphone application allows owners to preset preferences on their phone. The owner can take their programmed smartphone into the new RLX and enjoy thousands of channels of personalized content accessible via audio controls, steering-wheel-mounted controls, and through a new color touch screen. With a tethered, compatible smartphone serving as a conduit to a universe of cloud-based media, AcuraLink creates a unique, connected driving experience.

Through the Aha service, AcuraLink users can listen to tens of thousands of stations of streaming feeds from Twitter and Facebook, podcasts from NPR™, location-based personalized restaurant searches from Yelp, or access internet music services such as Slacker. The service is free and instantly accessible from the cloud. AcuraLink also incorporates Pandora® personalized internet radio interface and text-to-voice SMS text services with pre-programmed responses.

Complete set of Standard Package features include:

  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with freeway traffic and all-new surface street traffic (complimentary for three years)
  • Acura vehicle feature guide
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® mobile phone connectivity
  • SMS text message function
  • Email function
  • Pandora interface
  • Aha: Internet radio, personalized music, news, podcasts, audio books, Facebook and Twitter
  • SiriusXM™ Radio (available in all RLX trims)

Connect Package

The fee-based AcuraLink Connect Package includes all of the features in the Standard Package and incorporates an embedded cellular phone in the RLX to raise the level of convenience, emergency and security services. Automated crash notification, and an emergency "SOS" call feature via the enhanced embedded system provide added piece of mind. With a press of the overhead "Link" button, the owner can receive automated voice help with restaurant and hotel info, movie listings, flight/gate information, or have a destination sent to the RLX's navigation system. A new in-vehicle local search feature allows the user to browse nearby information, points of interest and much more. Using the free AcuraLink mobile app on a compatible device, the owner can remotely lock and unlock their RLX, check out traffic on their electronic device, send a destination to the car or receive notification if the owner's vehicle alarm has been triggered.

In-Car Features:

  • Automated crash notification and location
  • Emergency connect with live operator
  • Local search
  • Automated service appointments
  • Search by Voice

AcuraLink Mobile App Features:

  • Send to vehicle (points of interest and contacts)
  • Pedestrian navigation and routing
  • Virtual dashboard and vehicle profile
  • Remote diagnostics
  • Car finder
  • AcuraLink emergency remote door lock/unlock
  • Vehicle alarm notification
  • Stolen vehicle tracking
  • Parking meter assist
  • Virtual Dashboard and Vehicle Profile

Premium Package

The Premium Package adds a live mobile concierge service that can be contacted by a single touch of the overhead "Link" button. The live-operator concierge is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide advanced help with a destination and send it directly to the user's navigation system, make reservations on their behalf, update the user on weather, stocks and much more.

For More Information

Additional media information including detailed pricing, features and high-resolution photography of the 2014 Acura RLX is available at www.acuranews.com. Consumer information is available at www.acura.com.

About Acura

Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 272 dealers in the United States. The Acura lineup features seven distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX Sport Wagon and sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the RDX luxury crossover SUV, the MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and the ZDX four-door sports coupe.

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Google+: https://plus.google.com/+acura

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