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Honda Gold Wing becomes first motorcycle to offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now available for Gold Wing motorcycles.

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In May, Honda announced that its Gold Wing motorcycles were getting Android Auto integration. That is now a reality as the technology joins Apple CarPlay on the motorcycle.

The Gold Wing is Honda's flagship motorcycle. Its family consists of the Gold Wing and Gold Wing Tour, which start at $23,800 and $27,500 respectively. The technology enhancement will include all current-model Gold Wing platform vehicles (2018 and newer).

With the addition, customers with Android 5.0 or later smartphones and the Android Auto app can use Android Auto to stream music, take and place calls, and message while using their motorcycle. These functionalities mirror those of Apple CarPlay and match up with how Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are traditionally used in passenger cars.

Honda Gold Wing Navigation 2019 Last year, Honda issued an update to the motorcycles' navigation system.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are a free addition to the Gold Wing family of motorcycles.

To get the technology in their motorcycle, owners of 2018-2020 motorcycles need to visit the Honda Powersports website. The free software update includes Android Auto capability as well as audio equalizer adjustments, ew navigation automatic volume adjustments, four-color map selection, ETA function, speed limit signs shown for the route, and the ability to display Chinese and Korean characters on music tiles and in a phone book.

To complete the update, owners will need a USB 2.0 or higher flash drive with at least 16 GB capacity, a computer with a high-speed Internet connection, and at least one hour of time. There are separate downloads for Mac and PC users.

Detailed instructions for completing the update have been provided by Honda on the website and appear straightforward. It's important to note that this update rewrites your navigation and favorites location history. If you have a destination worth saving, you'll want to have the information stored elsewhere ahead of starting the update.

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Canoosa Events is organizing luxury multi-day road rallies.

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Canossa Events, a European luxury automotive touring provider, expanded to North America last year. This year, the company is launching several private, small group excursions on the East and West Coast of the U.S.

Beginning this autumn, guests of the tours will indulge in picturesque drives, one-of-a-kind gastronomy experiences, and luxury accommodations all curated with an eye toward beauty, elegance, taste and personalized service.

Highway 1 near Big Sur California's Highway 1 is a world famous grand touring destination. Photo by Getty Images

"We have longed to bring Canossa's version of la dolce vita to North America," says Canossa's Founder, Luigi Orlandini. "And in this current climate, we have the opportunity to deliver our experiences to our fans who are unable to leave North America. With Canossa Events North America, we will safely celebrate the freedom to drive, indulge in culinary delights, and soak in the beautiful sceneries among old and new friends."

The white glove service extends to the entire event and includes strict safety and social distancing guileless to "deliver a carefree and pleasant experience for guests".

Canossa Events North America is currently accepting reservations for its Fall Rallye New England, and will soon announce additional excursions, including:

  • Grand Tour of California - This excursion will highlight the coastal byways, wine country and farm-to-fork culture of California's Central Coast.
  • Rallye of Enchantment - Attendees will xplore some of America's most iconic landscapes of New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona and Utah.

The Fall Rallye lasts four days and three nights. It's limited to 25 cars and comes with a $9,900 price tag that is based on double occupancy. The event includes nights at New England's heralded Cliff House Maine hotel.

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Jeep has begun teasing its newest three-row SUVs.

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The Jeep Grand Wagoneer. It's wood-paneled sides, cavernous interior, go-anywhere capability. It was the bee's knees. Now those vintage models are a collector's item. Soon, it will be reborn.

A new teaser from Jeep simply states, "Grand" and the definition "magnificent or striking in appearance, size, or style". While AutomotiveMap is pretty sure that the teaser is for the return of the Grand Wagoneer, Jeep also has a redo of the Grand Cherokee and a few other things in its sights. Perhaps this is a BOGO (or three or four) teaser.

A Jeep product presentation for investors earlier this year detailed the forthcoming model rollout, including modifications to the plan due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It states that a new three-row Jeep E-Segment model is coming in the first quarter of 2021. Separately it lists the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer as coming in the second quarter of 2021 followed by the next-generation Grand Cherokee.

All the models are scheduled to have some level of electrification (product plans say PHEV, which would be on-par with the new PHEV Compass, Renegade, and Wrangler offerings) as well as an advanced level of autonomy (don't expect anything too revolutionary here) and connectivity.

The new Wagoneer full-size SUV that Jeep is debuting is expected to compete directly with the Chevrolet Suburban. The Suburban was redesigned for the 2021 model year and, in addition to a bevy of tech updates, the model has significantly expanded its third-row legroom.

Product plants show that the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are different vehicles. Not much is known for sure about the two models, but rumors are rampant. One that seems to have sticking power is that the Grand Wagoneer will have finer appointments than the Wagoneer, which could be designed to be more off-road-ready.

The Grand Cherokee is going to be a two-row SUV built on the same platform as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

The most mysterious model is the three-row E-Segment model that Jeep has said is coming. E-Segment models are typically large, showy flagships - sometimes large cars, but other times wagons. Jeep has also said that an electrified version of the Wrangler is on the way. Does A +B = C? Only time will tell.

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