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Hyundai has announced that it is the first automaker to launch the Android Auto system on a production vehicle, with it debuting on the 2015 Sonata with Navigation. If you already own a 2015 Sonata, Hyundai will give you a free Android auto software update.

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Hyundai has announced that it is the first automaker to launch the Android Auto system on a production vehicle, with it debuting on the 2015 Sonata with Navigation. If you already own a 2015 Sonata, Hyundai will give you a free Android auto software update.
Android Auto is Google’s rival to the Apple CarPlay system, which integrates the driver’s Android smartphone with the vehicle’s screen and controls. Owners will need the Android 5.0 “Lollipop” operating system or later, 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.

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Users of Android Auto will instantly recognize familiar Android phone applications, such as Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, phone calling and Google Play Music upon connecting their Android phone to their Hyundai vehicle. These applications can be controlled by voice, steering wheel controls and touchscreen. Android Auto also will offer many popular third-party audio apps that owners have on their phones, including iHeartRadio, Spotify, TuneIn, NPR, Stitcher, Skype, TextMe.

The Android Auto system should help keep driver’s eyes on the road, since when it is connected 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. Hyundai says that the system will be available later on other Hyundai models.

Source: Hyundai