Hyundai cars are getting DIY Android Auto update

You won’t need to upgrade to a new, advanced and pricier car if you want the latest software and technology in the vehicle if you happen to be a Hyundai owner. Smartcars or connected cars are the new breed of automobiles which can connect with your smartphone for in-car infotainment, Internet access and other useful functionalities. Hyundai is joining the short list of automakers that are helping car owners add new features to their existing vehicles through software updates. The car company announced on Thursday that owners of some 2015, 2016, and 2017 models can add software for free without visiting any dealer, that will bring Android Auto or Apple CarPlay into the car.

Depending on the infotainment package installed in the vehicle, Hyundai Sonata, Santa Fe, Elantra GT, Genesis and Tuscon from the aforementioned model years are eligible for the DIY upgrade to Apple’s and Google’s in-car platform. Hyundai has said that these updates will be rolled out to the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, Azera and Veloster as well soon.

Customers can access the software upgrade via the MyHyundai portal. The total download and installation time will be under two hours. If the customers want, they can take their car to a dealer to get the update done for free. Hyundai’s offering is interesting because it’s encouraging customers to do it themselves.

Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay are two rival software platforms that can be used to integrate a smartphone with the car’s infotainment system. The connection with a smartphone pushes all the functionalities and applications of the phone to the car’s central screen. Hyundai’s Android Auto is one the best integration of the software, the interface is very smooth and fluid.

The update is available now for the 2015 and later Sonata with Navigation, 2016 Sonata with 7-inch touchscreen (Hybrids are not included), 2015 and later Genesis with the 8-inch touchscreen navigation, 2016 Elantra GT with navigation, 2016 Tucson with navigation and the 2017 Santa Fe with 7-inch display or navigation. There are a few other vehicles that are getting the update, but not just yet. Hyundai hasn’t given a date for the update to the 2016 Sonata Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, Veloster and Azera with navigation. The bottom line is- if your car has the 7 inch or 8 inch touchscreen, your car is eligible.

The following lists all the specific models and trims that can get the smartphone integration feature:

2015/16 Sonata With Navigation or 7 inch touchscreen display
• 2015/16 Genesis With the eight-inch touchscreen Navigation system and rearview camera
• 2016 Elantra GT With Navigation
• 2016 Tucson With Navigation
• 2017 Santa Fe With the Navigation or 7 inch touchscreen display
• 2017 Santa Fe Sport With the Navigation or 7 inch touchscreen display

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