CarPlay finally coming to Hyundai models, though not exactly as promised
Do you connect your smartphone to your car? We’re not talking about streaming some music over Bluetooth to your car’s stereo, either, but proper software integration with your car’s console. While we’ve got solutions that stretch across mobile platforms, exposing users to vehicles equipped to handle such connections has proved to be a much more difficult process. That’s due in no small part to the desire of car manufacturers to sell smartphone compatibility as a feature for new vehicles, helping to drive sales. Hyundai’s been promising CarPlay support for the 2015 Sonata for well over a year at this point – but so far the feature has yet to arrive. And while that feature is still in the works, Sonata owners have even more headaches to look forward to.
For one, Sonata CarPlay support won’t make it out by the end of the year at all, and the best the manufacturer is offering now is that support will arrive sometime in Q1 2016.
And while Hyundai earlier told customers that CarPlay support would arrive via a free download, it now seems that they’ll be required to purchase an SD card equipped with the needed software update. We haven’t heard anything specific about pricing just yet, but the idea of shelling-out any cash at all for such a long-overdue feature has got to leave a bad taste in drivers’ mouths.