Ahead of Google’s I/O conference this week, Hyundai has become the first car manufacturer to offer Android Auto on a production vehicle.
Android phone users who own a 2015 Sonata can now ask dealers to download the system for free.
Drivers must have a Sonata with navigation, which is an optional feature, and Hyundai said it will make Android Auto available to other models ‘soon.’
Additionally, the update is only currently available at Hyundai dealerships in the US, but it is expected to roll out globally in the coming months.
‘Android Auto aligns with Hyundai’s core interior design principles of safety, intuitiveness and simplicity,’ said Dave Zuchowski, president and chief executive, Hyundai Motor America.
‘We launched this highly anticipated feature on our best-selling Sonata, adding to our promise of value. ‘With the launch of Android Auto, we provide more owners with the experience of cutting-edge technology.’ The deal was first announced in 2014.
Later this summer, owners will be able to download the software onto a USB stick and once it is inserted into their car, the update to the vehicle’s navigation system will be made automatically. There are other caveats as well.
Android Auto only works with phones running Android Lollipop 5.0 or later, plus owners must have the Android Auto companion app on their phone.
They will also need to use a micro USB cable to connect the phone to the car’s USB port. Apple first toyed with an in-car system at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June 2013.
At that point it was known as ‘iOS in the Car’ but following changes in the design team the system was officially unveiled at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, under the moniker CarPlay… see more
source: Dailymail UK