Brave as always, Hyundai has announced it will not follow the crowd by installing Apple’s CarPlay in its updated Sonata, instead, opting to fit Android Auto.
Hyundai has confirmed the 2015 Sonata will be the world’s first production model to come with Google’s Android Auto as a free download for the infotainment system. In a statement, Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO at Hyundai Motor America, said,
“Android Auto aligns with Hyundai’s core interior design principles of safety, intuitiveness and simplicity. 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 software connects to a smartphone via a micro USB, which connects the phone to the Android Auto App, which provides the driver with weather forecasts, reminders, music, calendar functions and suggested destinations.
Android Auto is available for all future and present current-model Sonata owners via a navigation/infotainment software update install, free of charge, through a visit to their local Hyundai dealership.
Hyundai has also confirmed the software will be made available through its website, which can be downloaded onto a USB and installed. Hyundai Australia is yet to confirm if the technology will become available for local customers.