Hyundai and its 32.8% owned subsidiary Kia will be the world’s first automakers to include an Android-based navigation system in their future car models, South Korean media reports.

Dubbed as an Android AVN – audio video navigation – system, the technology will help the two South Korean car makers deploy the first Android-based “smart” cars in various markets, starting with the new Hyundai Genesis and Kia Soul that will be launched later this year.

The Android AVN system will also be available in all new cars that will be released next year, either as a pre-installed choice or as a later upgrade.

The Android navigation system will let users connect their Android smartphones and tablets to the car, offer access to its own application store, and support entertainment features. It’s not clear though whether Google Play Store support is also included.

Interestingly, the Android AVN system will also offer car owners a “new telematics function that can remotely control the car through the Wi-Fi and modem connection.” However, it’s not exactly clear what the remote controlling feature entails.

Certain automakers already advertise iOS integration for some of their latest creations, so it’s certainly interesting to see others look to the Android ecosystem to deliver car-related smart features. We’ll be back with more details about Hyundai’s and Kia’s Android-related plans in the future.

  • MadCowOnAStick

    Apple: You can use iOS integration in your cars…just pay us ten trillion dollars.

    • Adi

      Let’s be fair, one hundred billion dollars.

  • RanRu

    The Hyundai Genesis and the Kia… Soul? Did they purposefully choose the most dissimilar cars available for this?

    Also, I kind of hope it doesn’t have the Play Store. I don’t need the guy next to me trying to play Angry Birds at 80mph on the interstate.

    • MrMagoo

      I think the purpose for this is that the Genesis is their high end car and flagship so of course those customers spending all the money should get it. As far as the Soul, that’s for the spunky younger people of the world, that would be more apt to utilize what it’s capable of. I think it makes sense.

    • anywherehome

      Android has to serve to its car and its driver, thats the primary use…….and if a next guy plays Angry Birds without distracting you – why not?

  • Mike Kister

    Dang, bought my new Kia a year too early :(

  • alleyway

    Hmm, is this safe ? I love android but I still don’t trust it to handle safety critical system, like car navigation. I prefer BB QNX RTOS in this regard, no offense.

  • disqus_0XFpXdT0JY

    I wish Ford would dump the SYNC and go with this (assuming it works nicely) The system in my Focus is maddening.

  • mendy817

    Audi uses Google Maps in many of their cars for nav. I know its not ENTIRELY the same thing, but close.

  • Sky Baun

    this was my idea years ago :P

  • Groud Frank

    This is one more sector that Android will snatch from iOS. It would make more sense for for car manufactures to use Android over iOS. The first being it’s open source and free. The second being that fact there are more Android device than iOS devices and you’ll have a greater capacity for allowing synching between cars and phones; almost like home automation.