Honda has confirmed that its manual labor system, which uses a smartphone app to identify a specific car’s key fob, will not work on its new Accord models.
The manual system was introduced on the new Honda Accord SE and the 2016 Honda Civic, and is now being rolled out to the Honda Civic Si, Civic Type R and Civic Type S.
Honda said the software had been disabled on the Accord Type R for a few months but the automaker had been waiting for a replacement to be installed.
It said the system would now be available on the 2017 Honda Accord, Civic Si and Civic hatchback, and the 2018 Honda Accord.
The Honda automaker has also confirmed that the software will work on the Honda CR-V.
But Honda said the Honda CV-9 is not currently affected.
Henderson told Reuters that Honda had been working with Apple and Google to ensure that the car’s software would work on Android smartphones and that the manual transmission will not stop working on Honda vehicles.
“We are continuing to work with Apple on ensuring that this software will support our upcoming Honda vehicles,” Honda said in a statement.
“The Honda CV8 is a new generation of technology that is already widely adopted by the market, and we expect it will be able to fully take advantage of this new platform as well.”
Honda also confirmed to Reuters that it had implemented a new feature in its 2018 Accord hatchback that automatically starts the car in neutral, after the driver selects “in reverse”.
“This feature is part of the automatic power assist and is part in the adaptive cruise control,” Honda added.
Hitchcock and Ford have also released software that will automatically start the car if the driver presses a button on the dashboard.