It seems like just about everything related to Android or Apple needs an update at some point, and now if you have a Hyundai Sonata with Android Auto, you can tackle the updates yourself.
The South Korean automaker is offering owners the opportunity to use the MyHyundai portal to download the upgrades to the system and install it themselves. For those who are uncomfortable with that, they can still drive to their dealer and let a service tech perform the upgrade.
“This is the first time we’ve made a software upgrade available using the MyHyundai portal,” said Michael Deitz, senior group manager of Connected Care, Hyundai Motor America, in a statement.
“Sonata owners can add more value with Android Auto in an easy-to-do upgrade that takes less than an hour. Hyundai is continuing to offer the best user experience possible by leveraging its MyHyundai platform, so customers have the option to update their car – their way.”
There is one catch in the plan, only Sonatas with navigation systems are able to do the update, which takes less than an hour. Hyundai is the only automaker currently equipping any models with Android Auto. The 2015 Sonata is the maker’s only vehicle with the system, but it will be rolled out across the line-up in the months ahead, officials said. In order to make the process simpler, Hyundai is offering owners several ways to learn how to install the updates themselves. Users can go to YouTube.com.
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Android Auto helps keep drivers’ eyes and attention on the road by integrating the advanced driving-related functions of the user’s smartphone with the familiar centralized screen, physical controls and microphone of their car. Furthermore, the smartphone’s screen becomes “locked,” so drivers are not tempted to look down and interact with their phones directly while Android Auto is in use.
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Owners will need the Android 5.0 “Lollipop” operating system or later, and the Android Auto companion app on their compatible phone to utilize Android Auto in the Sonata. A micro USB cable is required to connect the phone to the car’s USB port. The first time an owner plugs his or her phone into their parked Sonata, the phone will prompt the download of the Android Auto companion app from the Google Play.
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Users of Android Auto will instantly recognize familiar Android phone applications, such as Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, phone calling and Google Play Music upon connecting their Android phone to their Hyundai vehicle. These applications can be controlled by voice, steering wheel controls and touchscreen.