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.