Hyundai Launches The First Android-Powered Car

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Android Auto in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata
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Sonata model features Google’s Android Auto system

Google’s slow creep into the motor industry took another step forward today following the launch of a new Android partnership with Hyundai.

The South Korean car manufacturer has today announced its upcoming Sonata sedan will be the first vehicle powered by Google’s Android Auto software.

The car will connect to a user’s Android smartphone, allowing them to access apps like Google Maps by voice, steering wheel controls or a touchscreen on the dashboard.

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Android Auto in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata“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.”

Owners of existing Hyundai 2015 Sonata with Navigation vehicles can get the Android Auto software update free of charge at dealers from today. The software will be made available to other vehicles later in the year, although users will need a MyHyundai account to set it up.

First announced in February 2014, Android Auto will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 processor, and along with the services mentioned above will also support phone calls via Bluetooth so that users don’t get distracted whilst driving.

Looking to take on Apple’s rival CarPlay service, which has signed similar deals with BMW and GM, Google has said Android Auto will be available in new car models from 28 brands by next year, including the likes of Audi and Honda.

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