2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Hyundai has become the first automaker to offer Google’s Android Auto in-car infotainment system in their 2015 Sonata sedan.
The South Korean automaker raced to implement Android Auto in a bid to beat rival companies to market. This system, which provides a sleek, colorful interface has debuted before Apple’s competing system, CarPlay.
Once consumers get a taste of what technologies like these can do they might never want to live without them. The growth potential is tremendous.
Hyundai, Audi, General Motors and Honda joined forces with Google back in early 2014 to form something known as the Open Automotive Alliance. The result of this partnership is Android Auto, which was officially unveiled last June. Dozens more car companies are planning on offering this technology in their vehicles in the coming years.
The Hyundai Sonata is the first car to come with Android Auto from the factory, though the system has been available in aftermarket head-units since March. The reason for this delay is related to quality; automakers have to rigorously test everything before they introduce it to the market, especially new technology.
Covering all of their bases, Hyundai will also offer Apple CarPlay in the Sonata. Which technology would you rather have?