Honda Motor Europe has announced that Android AutoTM *1 will be integrated with its flagship adventurer, the CRF1100L Africa Twin. The news is pretty routine nowadays as bikes become more connected, but it sparks a train of thought; what if smartphone linked data apps could form the backbone of PAYG motorcycle insurance instead of an annual policy? Most bikers tend to ride April-September, so why pay for the accident/PI/Third Party/passenger risk when the bike is hooked up to a trickle charger in the garage?
Anyway, here’s the news from Honda UK;
Owners of the Africa Twin and Africa Twin ‘Adventure Sports’ will be able to have the new functionality installed at their Honda dealership, allowing Android Auto to be used by customers with an AndroidTM smartphone. Android Auto is a simple way to use your phone’s functionality while on your motorcycle. With clear visual display and easy-to-use voice commands, it makes it easy to access Google MapsTM navigation and your favourite music, media, and messaging apps.
The ‘Africa Twin’ name first appeared on Honda’s line up in 1988 with the XRV650 Africa Twin, whose name derived from the twin cylinder engine that powered the multiple Paris-Dakar rally-winning NXR750 of the late 1980s, on which it was based.