What is Bluetooth and How Does it Work?

March 7th, 2013 by

If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that every 2013 Honda model features Bluetooth phone and audio streaming as a standard feature. You’re probably aware that this means you’ll be able to sync compatible devices – like your smartphone or mp3 player – to Honda’s new i-MID system and control them through the car.

But how does it work? After all, there are no cords, so how does your car know what to do?

If you thought that it works like your cell phone when you make a call, this is only a little bit true. Bluetooth is much closer to wireless home phones and radio-controlled cars than to your cell phone reception.

The name comes from King Harald Bluetooth of the vikings, who united Danish tribes into one kingdom, with the goal of letting technology all become united under one technology. Although it was created in 1994, the technology didn’t receive much use until recent years, when it became standard on almost all cell phone technology.

The way the system works is pretty simple, using short wave radio signals which make it difficult for even a whole coffee shop full of Bluetooth users to accidentally interfere with someone else’s connection. Master devices can sometimes communicate with up to seven different devices, though tech-savvy folks can link these networks together for added connectivity.

I don’t want to get into the specifics of the technology, as that might cause you to nod off, but know that the ambitious beginnings of the technology are finally coming true thanks to Honda, which adds your car into the list of disparate nations of technology becoming unified under Bluetooth.

For added safety and convenience, rather than have to fumble around with your phone or the touchscreen on the i-MID interface, new Honda models feature steering wheel-mounted controls, letting you navigate your phone and make calls without ever taking your hands off the wheel or your eyes off of the road.

To learn more about Bluetooth and the new definition of standard shaping up on every Honda model, visit Middletown Honda today.