Honda announces Acura ZDX will be first EV with Google built-in

Honda’s next vehicle to feature Google built-in integration, enabling native Android apps and over-the-air (OTA) software updates, will also be its first electric vehicle: the 2024 Acura ZDX.

The performance brand’s upcoming SUV will come available with apps like Google Assistant and Google Maps and more on Google Play. Google’s native integration will come standard on all trim levels of the ZDX.

To refresh, Google built-in is the branding used by the company for cars that support Google Automotive Services. Google apps and services are directly integrated into the vehicle. In this way, it’s different than Android Auto, which just projects your phone onto the vehicle’s infotainment screen. It’s also different from Android Automotive OS, in which Android controls the entire operating system.

Google’s native integration will come standard on all trim levels of the ZDX

Honda says that an “enhanced version” of Google Maps will offer Acura ZDX drivers “optimized route planning for recharging and finding charging stations along the way to minimize travel time.” Google Maps will estimate the charging time required to reach the destination and can initiate preconditioning of the EV battery when the destination is a DC Fast charging station, the automaker states.

Honda had previously used custom (and now outdated) embedded Android software in some of its cars but hasn’t leveraged much of Google’s service offerings. Now with Google built-in, navigation in the Accord will be Google Maps, Google Assistant can be used to control heating and cooling, and music from the Google Play app is just a tap away.

Update June 6th 10:36AM ET: The 2024 Honda Accord features Google built-in software. A previous version of this story incorrectly said it was the Honda Civic.