Hyundai can offer owners the ability to upgrade their cars with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto yet BMW charges $300 or more for the feature.
Hyundai is Offering Existing Owners the Best Smartphone Integrations for Free
Hyundai is adding smartphone integrations to several more existing models today, via do-it-yourself installation and now has completed the rollout of smartphone integration across the 2017 model year lineup. The software update compatible with CarPlay and Android Auto is now available at no cost through MyHyundai.com (www.myhyundai.com). The software will also be available at Hyundai dealerships nationwide for an installation fee.
***8220;We are very pleased to be able to expand the availability of multimedia system updates to the owners of these additional vehicles,***8221; said Barry Ratzlaff, executive director, digital business planning and connected operations, Hyundai Motor America. ***8220;Delivering the update through the MyHyundai.com owner website has proven to be an effective way to support Hyundai owners.***8221;
This is not the first time Hyundai has made a software upgrade available using the MyHyundai portal. In 2015, Hyundai became the first automaker in the world to offer Android Auto and in May 2016, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integrations were offered as an upgrade for eight existing models via MyHyundai.com. Hyundai continues to offer a customer-focused user experience by leveraging the MyHyundai.com platform. MyHyundai.com gives customers the option to update their cars for free and on their own schedules.
CarPlay is the smarter, safer and easier way to use an iPhone® in the car and gives users the features they want such as Phone, Messages, Music and Maps, while allowing them to stay focused on the road.
CarPlay delivers an instantly recognizable experience to iPhone users that will help them be instantly familiar and comfortable inside their Hyundai. CarPlay support lets drivers make calls, get directions optimized for traffic conditions, listen to music and access messages. With CarPlay, Siri provides drivers an eyes-free experience by responding to requests through voice commands that are easily and directly accessed through the steering wheel***8217;s voice button. Using a Lightning connector, CarPlay works with iPhone 5 and newer models running the iOS 7.1 or higher operating systems. The CarPlay roster of supported apps can be found at the following link: http://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/.
Similar to CarPlay, Android Auto helps keep drivers***8217; eyes and attention on the road by integrating the advanced driving-related functions of the user***8217;s smartphone with the familiar centralized screen, physical controls and microphone of their car. Furthermore, the smartphone***8217;s screen becomes ***8220;locked,***8221; so drivers are not tempted to look down and interact with their phones directly, while Android Auto is in use.
Owners will need the Android 5.0 ***8220;Lollipop***8221; operating system or later and the Android Auto companion app on their compatible phone to utilize Android Auto. A micro USB cable is required to connect the phone to the car***8217;s USB port. The first time an owner plugs his or her phone into their parked compatible Hyundai, the phone will prompt the download of the Android Auto companion app from the Google Play store. Users of Android Auto will instantly recognize familiar Android phone applications, such as Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, phone calling and Google Play Music. These applications can be controlled by voice, steering wheel controls and touchscreen. Android Auto will also offer many popular third-party audio apps, including iHeartRadio, Spotify, TuneIn, NPR, Stitcher, Slacker, Skype, TextMe and many more.
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