BrandArena: 2017 Hyundai Elantra To Feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Thursday 21 January 2016

2017 Hyundai Elantra To Feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Hyundai has announced that its latest sedan, the 2017 Elantra, which will arrive in showrooms across the United States before the end of this month will support both Apple CarPlay and Google's Android Auto.

Both systems will be available through Hyundai’s 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen, as well as the larger, feature-packed 8-inch navigation unit.

“By launching our best-selling model, Elantra, with CarPlay and Android Auto support, we are building on our promise to offer more convenience features for today’s modern driver at an affordable price point,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of product and corporate planning at Hyundai. “Also, the new smartphone integrations will help to keep drivers’ eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, helping to reduce driver distraction.”

Hyundai was actually the first to put Android Auto on a vehicle, in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. Now, the South Korea-based company has chosen one of its more popular nameplates to launch both Apple's and Google's automobile-smartphone projection standard together.

These mobile integrations will allow drivers to take advantage of text messaging and hands-free calling. The projected interfaces will also provide access to navigation apps and third-party music applications such as Google Maps, Spotify, Google Play Music, and many others. Music will be streaming from the driver's phone, but it will be projected using the vehicle's speakers.

 Despite all the changes, Hyundai has revealed that the car will start at $17,150, $100 less than the model it replaces.

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