FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California — The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sedan and 2016 Veloster hatchback are among the latest models to get a free software download that will provide smartphone integration to owners of existing Hyundai vehicles equipped with navigation systems.
But those who don't want to handle the chore themselves can visit their local Hyundai dealership and have it installed for a service charge.
As previously reported by Edmunds, Hyundai has been steadily adding models to its free download program.
According to Hyundai, computer download times for the software upgrade will take between one and three hours, and the upload to the vehicle's system will take about 40 minutes.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto give drivers access to many of their smartphones' functions — including phone calls, text messaging, navigation, music and calendar — through the vehicle's infotainment system by voice, steering-wheel controls and touchscreen. The technology not only provides a high level of convenience but also increases safety by eliminating the need to fumble with a phone or other device while driving.
Edmunds says: Hyundai owners will appreciate the convenience of this free smartphone integration upgrade, as well as access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.