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Hyundai launches first Android Auto-equipped vehicleby Drew Johnson
Hyundai buyers have access to a new infotainment system.
Hyundai has become the first automaker to equip a production vehicle with Google's Android Auto. The in-car infotainment system is being rolled out in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata sedan.
Starting today, the Android Auto system is available on the 2015 Hyundai Sonata with Navigation. Owners that have already purchased a 2015 Sonata with Navigation will be able to upgrade to the Android Auto system via a software update.
"Android Auto aligns with Hyundai's core interior design principles of safety, intuitiveness and simplicity," said Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO, 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."
Although the system is currently limited to the Sonata, Hyundai says it will soon spread throughout its lineup.
The Android Auto systems brings the functionality of an Android-powered smartphone to the Sonata's eight-inch touchscreen. Some of those mobile features include Google Maps, Google Play Music and Google Now. Sonata owners can also download third-party applications such as iHeartRadio and Skype. For safety reasons, the Android Auto system limits the use of some apps with the vehicle is shifted out of park.