2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Among Latest Models to Get Free Smartphone Integration | Edmunds

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Among Latest Models to Get Free Smartphone Integration

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.

Also added to the list are the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid and 2015-'16 Hyundai Azera.

The integration software is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and can be downloaded by owners at MyHundai.com. Instructions make it easy to complete the upgrade.

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.

The automaker also noted that the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport are now being built with CarPlay and Android Auto support and will arrive at dealerships soon.

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.

The growing list of vehicles that feature Apple CarPlay include the 2017 Acura NSX, 2016 Buick LaCrosse and 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.

Edmunds says: Hyundai owners will appreciate the convenience of this free smartphone integration upgrade, as well as access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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