South Korea’s Hyundai and Silicon Valley technology giant Google recently announced the 2015 Sonata is the first car to offer the new Android Auto interface, signaling what could be another successful run for the company that today has command over the vast majority of smartphones operating system.
Both Apple with its CarPlay and the Open Automotive Alliance proposed by Google, with the Android Auto, seek to bring the seamless smartphone experience into millions of vehicles – integrating the functions we have grown used to in the car’s infotainment system. The launch of the Sonata could also count as a major win for Hyundai, which had been racing to be the first automaker to offer commercially the Google system. “Within not too many years, this could become almost a ubiquitous technology in the industry,” commented Cason Grover, a senior manager at Hyundai Motor America. “We have a great opportunity by being early because it’ll be a differentiator for us for hopefully quite some time. I think customers will very quickly start to see the benefit and see the reason to seek out a vehicle with this technology.”
First unveiled back in 2014, through the Open Automotive Alliance – which counts among its ranks Hyundai, Audi, GM and Honda, Android Auto is a system that allows the driver to effectively plug the smartphone into the car’s dash, locking away access to the mobile phone in the process – phone calling, music listening and mapping services being transferred to the infotainment system and available car buttons and dials.
Via Automotive News