Voice recognition is simplified and faster, while the display audio system has smartphone-like functionality. Christie Schweinsberg reports.

If you’ve ever searched through touchscreen menus, fruitlessly trying to find a function, or slogged through voice-recognition system prompts, you can understand why many new-vehicle buyers don’t use infotainment features.

Responding to these frustrations, Honda has revamped the functionality of its infotainment offerings, launching updated display audio and voice-recognition systems in the ’18 Odyssey minivan, going on sale this spring in the U.S. Pricing has yet to be announced.

Simplifying the voice-recognition system and speeding up response times were two development goals, Derek Adelman, electrical project leader for the new Odyssey, tells WardsAuto in an interview. This article first appeared in WardsAuto.

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