Hyundai Launches Android Auto on 2015 Sonata with Navigation to Reduce Driver Distraction

By CIOReview | Thursday, August 6, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Hyundai launches Android Auto on production vehicles to reduce driver distraction by integrating the driver’s smartphone with the vehicle’s screen and controls. The Android Auto compatible Navigation system with an eight-inch touchscreen display is available on the Sonata Sport, Eco, Limited, Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T models.

The Features of Android Auto include:

The Google Now card-based experience provides suggested locations and travel times based on the user’s searches, calendar entries and home and office locations, as well as weather information and “now playing” information for music streamed via the phone; app software (navigation, streaming music, etc.) is automatically updated because the apps live on the phone; natural voice recognition with Google voice actions; familiar interfaces that are easy to use; owners can easily bring their personal reminders, suggested destinations, calendar appointments and music preferences with them when they get in their car; and android Auto automatically pairs with the Sonata for phone calls through Bluetooth when connected for the first time via USB.

The navigation system helps keep drivers’ eyes and attention on the road by integrating the advanced driving-related functions of the user’s smartphone with the familiar centralized screen, physical controls and microphone of their car. Furthermore, the smartphone’s screen becomes “locked,” so drivers are not tempted to look down and interact with their phones directly while Android Auto is in use.

Owners will need to have the Android 5.0 “Lollipop” operating system and the Android Auto companion app on their compatible phone to integrate Android Auto into Sonata’s screen and controls. A micro USB cable is required to connect the phone to the car’s USB port and to download the Android Auto app when prompted. Then the customer needs to hit the Android Auto icon on his or her touchscreen and Android Auto is ready. 

The software can be updated free of charge at MyHyundai.com and is also available for free at Hyundai dealerships nationwide.

"This is the first time we've made a software upgrade available using the MyHyundai portal. Sonata owners can add more value with Android Auto in an easy-to-do upgrade that takes less than an hour. Hyundai is continuing to offer the best user experience possible by leveraging its MyHyundai platform, so customers have the option to update their car – their way," said Michael Deitz, senior group manager of Connected Care, Hyundai Motor America.