2017 Hyundai Elantra to have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Article by Christian A., on January 19, 2016

In line with the launch of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra this month, it’s reported that it will come equipped with a feature smartphone users are likely to get excited about. The 2017 Elantra will have Apple’s CarPlay and thus ensure that occupants will be able to use their iPhone in the car safely and conveniently. For this model, the CarPlay is placed on the built-in display and this allows the driver to always pay attention to the road while driving.

For those who do not have iPhones, fear not as it also has Android Auto. The 2017 Elantra has a touchscreen Display Audio system that measures seven inches and comes with a rearview camera. The navigation system meanwhile has an eight-inch touchscreen that allows for voice texting, is able to access any music that is on the phone, and can even access third-party audio apps. These two systems can be integrated with both CarPlay and Android Auto.

Vice-President of product and corporate planning for Hyundai Motor America Mike O’Brien shared that as it is launching the 2017 Elantra that provides support for both and Android Auto and CarPlay, the company is continuing its promise to give drivers extra features at an affordable price. By making sure that the smartphone has been integrated, he added that the driver experiences less distraction as they will be able to keep their hand on the steering wheel and eyes on the highway. For many iPhone users, the CarPlay brings with it a familiar experience. It allows the driver to make a number of actions while ensuring safety.

The driver for example can listen to different types of music, retrieve messages, get directions to avoid traffic jams, and even allow one to make calls. With simply the touch of the voice button on its steering wheel, the CarPlay has access to Siri which can respond to the driver’s requests with voice commands. The CarPlay utilizes a Lightning connector that can work not just with the iPhone 5 but also with newer models that carry the iOS 7.1 or higher.

To allow charging, a second USB port is made available. The 2017 Elantra though can also be integrated with Android Auto. It can run many of the Android features like Google Maps and more than 40 smartphone applications. It offers search capabilities that can also be voice-controlled and can also stream audio. The Android Auto is compatible with phones that have the Lollipop, Android 5.0, or any higher OS. For those who want to learn more about what apps are supported by CarPlay, a list is available at http://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/. For the Android Auto meanwhile, the list can be viewed at g.co/androidauto.

Both Apple and Google say that they will offer new third-party apps in the near future and the good thing is that it will not need any upgrades on the vehicle’s software. During the early part of 2016, Hyundai reveals that it will give added information on what other models will have the Android Auto or the CarPlay. These include details on how those whose vehicles are already compatible with either the Display Audio or fourth-generation navigation system will be able to update the software on their vehicles.

For the Android Auto, it is available on both the 2015 Sonata and 2016 Sonata. The Display Audio system includes a high-resolution touch-screen with a seven-inch display that has been optimized to allow for smartphone integration and even the current Blue Link. It also has the company’s latest and newest in-vehicle technology like a multi-use home screen, a Pandora-link integration, and HD Radio capability that comes preset with SiriusXM, FM, and AM.

Other features of the Display Audio include Siri’s “Eyes Free” mode integrated to it, thereby allowing drivers to use the voice command button found on the steering wheel without the need to take their eyes away from the road. Siri’s “Eyes Free” mode can use voice commands to choose and play music and even compose text messages and read aloud received text messages. It can also make calls, get directions from Maps, find important calendar information and other reminders, and read notifications. These are just some of the features that the “Eyes Free” mode offers. The Android Auto meanwhile integrates Google’s voice actions and uses the Google Now’s predictive function.

This allows drivers to find their destination using Google Maps, set appointments and reminders for them, respond to received text messages, and make and receive phone calls, among many other features. It has the Pandora with SiriusXM Satellite Radio integrated to it. The system can automatically record up to six presets and can even pause, turn back, and then play the current station.

It even comes equipped with the SiriusXM Travel Link which can give information on stock prices, sports schedules and their corresponding scores, weather alerts, current price of fuels, and movie schedules. Aside from the advanced voice recognition, it has a multi-touch screen that allows for swipe and wipe gestures.

Furthermore, the home screen has multiple functions. Finally, the Display Audio makes use of the connectivity technologies with the Blue Link. The Blue Link gives a wide range of diagnostic and safety features and even features that are made possible through a telematics system embedded to it like the lock and unlock through remote, stolen vehicle recovery, and remote engine start.

Press Release


The 2017 Hyundai Elantra launches this month with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™. CarPlay is the smarter, safer way to use an iPhone® in the car, taking the things users want to do with their iPhone while driving and putting them right on the car’s built-in display, so drivers can stay focused on the road. For Android phone users, the 2017 Elantra is also compatible with Android Auto.

Both smartphone integrations will be available on the 2017 Elantra’s seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with rearview camera and Hyundai’s eight-inch touchscreen navigation system with voice texting, access to music stored on the phone and third-party audio apps.

“By launching our best-selling model, Elantra, with CarPlay and Android Auto support, we are building on our promise to offer more convenience features for today’s modern driver at an affordable price point,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of product and corporate planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Also, the new smartphone integrations will help to keep drivers’ eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, helping to reduce driver distraction.”

CarPlay delivers an instantly recognizable experience to iPhone users that will help reduce driver distraction due to its familiarity. CarPlay support lets drivers make calls, get directions optimized for traffic conditions, listen to music, and access messages. With CarPlay, Siri provides drivers an eyes-free experience by responding to requests through voice commands that are easily and directly accessed through the steering wheel’s voice button. Using a Lightning connector, CarPlay works with iPhone 5 and current models running the iOS 7.1 or higher operating systems. Elantra provides an available second USB port for charging because of this wired connection.

Elantra is also compatible with Android Auto for seamless and intuitive operation of the most commonly used smartphone functions including navigation with Google Maps™, streaming audio, voice-controlled search capabilities and over 40 approved smartphone apps. Android Auto is compatible with Android phones running Android 5.0, Lollipop or higher.

The CarPlay roster of supported apps can be found at the following link: http://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/. Android Auto’s app roster can be found here: g.co/androidauto. Apple and Google plan to add more third-party apps in the future, and these will not require any vehicle software updates.

In early 2016, Hyundai will have additional information regarding the availability of CarPlay and Android Auto on other models. This will include information on how existing owners of compatible vehicles with Hyundai’s fourth-generation navigation system or Display Audio can update their vehicles with these features. Android Auto is currently available on 2015 and 2016 Sonata models.

Hyundai’s Display Audio system features a high-resolution seven-inch color touch-screen display optimized specifically for smartphone integrations and the latest generation of Blue Link.

In addition, Display Audio incorporates Hyundai’s latest and most innovative in-vehicle technology by offering a simple, multi-use home screen, HD Radio® capability, mixed AM, FM and SiriusXM presets, along with Pandora-link integration.

Additional Display Audio Features:

Integration with Apple’s Siri-powered “Eyes Free” mode
Functionality allows owners of compatible vehicles to use the voice command button on the steering wheel to ask Siri questions without taking their eyes off the road
Siri Eyes Free supports making calls, selecting and playing music, composing and reading back text messages, using Maps and getting directions, reading notifications, finding calendar information, and adding reminders, among other functions
Integration with Google’s voice actions and predictive Google Now functionality through Android Auto
Functionality allows owners of compatible vehicles to find destinations in Google Maps, set appointment reminders, make and receive calls, respond to text messages with intuitive voice commands, and more
Pandora integrationSiriusXM Satellite Radio with enhanced features
Pause, back and play for current station
Automatic recording of top six presets
SiriusXM Travel Link
Sports scores and schedules, stock ticker, movie times, fuel prices and weather/alerts
Advanced voice recognitionMulti-touch screen that supports swipe and wipe gesturesNew home screen with multiple functions
Display Audio combines the best of phone-based connectivity technologies with Blue Link. Blue Link provides a full suite of safety and diagnostic features, as well as features that are only possible with an embedded telematics system, such as remote engine start, stolen vehicle recovery and remote door lock/unlock.

Hyundai’s eight-inch navigation system offers an enhanced display and home screen that shows map and music information, regardless of the music source. The Blue Link Guidance package (three-month trial included) works with Hyundai’s on-board navigation system by providing Destination Search, powered by Google™, as well as POI Web Search and Download to help you get to your destinations via your connected car. Owners can make the most of SiriusXM Travel Link with the ability to send searched locations to their car’s navigation system.

Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car with technology like Remote Start with Climate Control, a Monthly Vehicle Health Report, Remote Door Lock/Unlock and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Remote features can be accessed via Hyundai’s smartphone app or Web portal. Blue Link also features maintenance alerts and safety features, such as Automatic Collision Notification and SOS. The next-generation Blue Link system uses a 4G connection. The Blue Link Connected Care package includes safety and diagnostic features and is standard for one year on equipped models.

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and In-Vehicle Service Scheduling.

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