FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California — Owners of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata with navigation can get the Android Auto software update for free at Hyundai dealerships nationwide starting today, the automaker announced on Tuesday.
Car shoppers have been waiting for the highly anticipated release date on Android Auto.
Hyundai Motor America said Android Auto will become available on other Hyundai models later. They are expected to include the Hyundai Azera and Genesis, vehicles with the company's newest navigation system hardware.
Owners will need the Android 5.0 "Lollipop" operating system and the Android Auto companion app on their compatible phone to integrate Android Auto into the Sonata's screen and controls. The Android Auto-compatible navigation system is available on the Sonata Sport, Eco, Limited, Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T models.
"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," Hyundai said in a statement. "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."
While Hyundai dealers are rolling out Android Auto now, owners will be able to visit Hyundaiusa.com/myhyundai later this summer and download the Android Auto software onto a USB memory drive.
Owners will need a MyHyundai account to start the download. Once the USB with Android Auto software is inserted into the Sonata's USB port, it will automatically update the navigation system to make it Android Auto compatible.
Android Auto will feature such familiar Android phone applications such as Google Maps, Google Now and Google Play Music. The apps can be controlled by voice, steering-wheel controls and touchscreen.
Edmunds says: Hyundai says it is the first car company to launch Android Auto on production vehicles. Sonata owners should be pleased.