In addition to Android Auto, Hyundai is fitting its 2016 Sonata with Apple CarPlay support as well, to the delight of iPhone owners.
Android and iPhone support are almost mandatory features in today’s automotive industry, as customers feel the need to connect their phones with their cars. Hyundai announced it has started to offer support for Apple CarPlay to its midzsize 2016 Sonata, allowing drivers to make calls, get directions optimized for traffic conditions, listen to music and access messages. “Sonatas with CarPlay are rolling off our assembly line in Montgomery, Alabama, and arriving at Hyundai dealerships nationwide,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. CarPlay will only work with iPhone 5 and newer models running the iOS 7.1 or higher operating systems and, alongside Android Auto, is available on the 2016 Sonata’s seven-inch display audio touchscreen and eight-inch navigation systems.
The automaker will also add iPhone support on the 2016 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid at a later date and, in the near future, CarPlay will come to existing 2015 Sonatas with navigation, and 2016 Sonatas with Display Audio or navigation. These updates require a specific version of the on-board navigation map and Hyundai is developing a solution, which will provide both the map update and CarPlay support at no additional cost. When the CarPlay update becomes available, customers will be notified, the company promised.