Even though Android Auto was announced a good deal of months ago, it seems it took Google longer than expected to find a launch partner. That being said, Google isn’t the only one struggling, as we have yet to see a CarPlay compatible vehicle as well. It’s hard to predict if the cause of these delays is based in negotiations between companies, but today we finally see the light.
Hyundai has just made it official that it will be the first automaker to launch the service on its 2015 vehicles, and the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata will be the first model to include it. Owners of existing models that are compatible will also be eligible to get the service through Hyundai’s online service. Just keep in mind that you will need a device running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher for the service to work. The statement reads:
“Owners of existing 2015 Sonata with Navigation can get the Android Auto software update free of charge at Hyundai dealers starting today. Later this summer, owners can visit www.hyundaiusa.com/myhyundai and download the Android Auto software onto a USB memory drive. Owners will need a MyHyundai account to start the Android Auto download. A MyHyundai account requires name, address and a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Once the USB with the Android Auto software is inserted into their Sonata’s USB port, it will automatically update the vehicle’s Navigation system to make it Android Auto compatible. The Android Auto compatible Navigation system with an eight-inch touchscreen display is available on the Sonata Sport, Eco, Limited, Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T models.”
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