Hyundai Android Auto demo at CES 2015

by: Joshua VergaraJanuary 9, 2015
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Carmakers are a big presence here at CES 2015, with names like Audi, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Ford, and Mercedes demonstrating their latest technologies, from advanced navigation systems to full blown self-driving vehicles.

We’ve already seen Hyundai’s BlueLink app for Android Wear, which lets you interact with your car from anywhere in the world, but now we’ve caught up with the Korean company to check out its Android Auto system.

Hyundai says it will put Android Auto on a majority of its upcoming models, with a focus on the mid-range. Google’s automotive OS is viewed as a cheaper alternative to Hyundai’s proprietary infotainment systems, and that means you won’t need to pay a big premium in order to get it in your car.

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Rob from Hyundai walked us through the basic functions of Android Auto, starting with the biggest function of all (for drivers, at least), navigation. Thanks to the integration of Google’s voice recognition, you can start navigation with a simple query like “where’s MGM Grand?” You’ll get a very Google Now-like experience, complete with the familiar cards that show you info based on your past behavior, and full support for Google’s voice search. There are steering wheel controls as well, but for many tasks, voice commands will allow you to keep your eyes on the road.

Android Auto works in conjunction with an Android device, and supports apps like Play Music and more.

The system works on top of Hyundai’s infotainment suite, and the carmaker expects to offer it on a number of models starting this year.

  • jeff

    If one buys a 2015 Hyundai model with Bluelink, will this be added as a software update?

    • Rojo623

      Hey Jeff. I actually was in the car market for a Hyundai recently and there was very sparse info out there about it.
      I actually ended up emailing and calling hyundai to get some answers.

      If you buy a 2015 Sonata with the tech package (8″screen) you will get Android Auto and Carplay pushed to it via firmware update later in the year.

      Ive had this confirmed via email and verbally on the phone.

      At the Auto Show in San Diego this past week, i was able to confirm this with the Hyundai guy too.

      Bonus: I spoke to the Honda guy at the auto show, and the 2015 Accord with nav package will get Android Auto also when its available. And this update will also be made available retroactively all the way till the 2013 Accord too. So awesome.
      Oddly enough, the Acura guy seems to say that it will not be incorporating Android Auto or Carplay very soon.

      • rreich49

        Hey Rojo623, I have a 2013 Sonata with the tech package. Do you know if their firmware update will be available for older models too? I

        • Rojo623

          negative. sorry. only the 2015 models have the updated hardware for the screens. and thats just the tech package screens for the 2015 sonata’s specifically. NOT the hybrids.
          the 2016 Hybrids will get the new screens.

      • TheWenger

        Effing awesome. I just bought a 2015 Sonata about a month ago and made sure I got the 8″ screen upgrade. Hyundai’s built in stuff isn’t actually that bad though.

      • Hey, I’ve been googling, but you’re the only person I’ve found with any information about this. Is it specifically the nav package that will get upgraded? Or could I get the 2015 Accord with the technology package that does not have nav and still get Android Auto via a firmware upgrade? What about Civics?

        • Rojo623

          Hey
          Hyundai,
          its specifically the 8″ nav package that will be upgraded for the Hyundai Sonata. The stock model does not have the hardware to handle it. I have had multiple sources verify this.

          Honda,
          Regarding the Accord or Civics, its a lot more murky. And I only had the info from one source – Honda guy at the auto show. As far as I heard, the cars with the tech package will be retrofitted with Autoplay. No word at all on Civics.

          • Guest

            Thanks for the info. At least now I know I won’t have to shell out for a nav package I don’t want. When you say “cars with the tech package,” you mean Accords, right? And no word on Civics. And, “tech package” means the HondaLink thing? Thanks again, for the info and for being patient.

          • Thanks for the info. At least now I know I won’t have to shell out for a nav package I don’t want. When you say “cars with the tech package,” you mean Accords, right? And no word on Civics. And, “tech package” means the HondaLink thing? Thanks again, for your info and for being patient.

  • Lisandro O Oocks

    “Rob from Huawei”… was it meant Rob from Hyundai?

    • Forgive us, we are so accustomed to talking about phones, not cars. Typo fixed, thanks Lisandro.

      • Lisandro O Oocks

        Sh## happens. Nothing to forgive.