BrandArena: Hyundai Unveils Android Auto On 2015 Sonata

Thursday 28 May 2015

Hyundai Unveils Android Auto On 2015 Sonata

Hyundai on Tuesday became the first automaker to make Android Auto available on a production vehicle. Android Auto enables owners of Android devices to access aspects of the mobile operating system such as music, mapping and messaging while driving.

It is presently launching on 2015 Sonata models with navigation and is controlled through the car’s in-dash screen, steering-wheel controls and voice-recognition system.

The automobile compant said that Android Auto eventually will be featured on most of the automaker’s vehicles and will be installed at the factory, owners of existing 2015 Sonatas with nav can add it via a software update free of charge by Hyundai dealers.

“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.”

Hyundai operates the world’s largest integrated automobile manufacturing facility in Ulsan, which is capable of producing 1.6 million units annually. The company employs about 75,000 people around the world. Hyundai vehicles are sold in 193 countries through some 6,000 dealerships and showrooms worldwide.

Hyundai is the first to add a third-party infotainment platform like Android Auto this way. For Android Auto to work in the 2015 Sonata, a device needs Android’s 5.0 Lollipop operating system or later and an Android Auto companion app installed.

Owners of existing 2015 Sonata with Navigation can get the Android Auto software update free of charge at Hyundai dealers.

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