Hyundai Sonata to Offer Apple CarPlay, Google Tech by Year End

Hyundai Sonata to Offer Apple CarPlay, Google Tech by Year End

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata will offer in-car smartphone operating systems (OS) from both Apple and Google before the end of 2015. 

Apple’s CarPlay system has already been revealed while Google’s new in-car OS will be unveiled sometime soon. Both of them operate in the same way, using a third-party operating system that mimics the user interface of a cell phone. With CarPlay for example, users can access many of their phone’s features and content straight from the Sonata’s touchscreen, including music, Apple Maps and text messaging.

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“Along with Apple CarPlay, we’ll have the Google Android system available on [the Sonata’s] navigation system by the end of the year. Whether you’re an iPhone user or an Android user, we have your connectivity covered,” Jason Shon, product planning manager told Automotive News. 

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This makes Hyundai one of the very first automakers to offer third-party operating systems, although Apple’s CarPlay will also be featured in Honda, Volvo, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

The 2015 Sonata is on sale now, but neither Apple CarPlay or Google’s operating systems are available yet. Hyundai says that cars sold without the technology can be updated to include it once it is available.

GALLERY: 2015 Hyundai Sonata

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[Source: Automotive News]

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