Hyundai has finally announced that it will be enabling wireless Android Auto and CarPlay in its new models, starting with the Kona and Kona EV. The software update will also be available for other Hyundai models equipped with the new Connected Car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC), including the Grandeur, Sonata facelift, Santa Fe, IONIQ 5, and Kia EV9. The new Sorento will also receive the update at a later time.
Hyundai says it is also working on enabling wireless Android Auto and CarPlay in Genesis models, but no further specifics were shared at this point. All models with ccIC should receive the software update.
Once the update is installed, drivers will have to delete their existing connection profiles to start from scratch with a wireless connection. However, once the cordless configuration is complete, users can run Android Auto and CarPlay without connecting their phone to the head unit with a cable.
Hyundai did not reveal when it plans to begin the rollout of the infotainment software update, but the first models should receive it by the end of the year.
This is a welcome addition for Hyundai and Kia owners, as it will make it easier and more convenient to use their smartphones in their cars. Wireless Android Auto and CarPlay also reduce the amount of clutter in the cabin, as there is no need for a cable to connect the phone to the car.
Why are some carmakers moving to Android Automotive?
Some carmakers, such as General Motors, are moving to Android Automotive, which is a full-fledged version of the Android operating system that is integrated into the car’s infotainment system. Android Automotive offers a number of advantages over traditional mobile phone projection systems, such as access to vehicle information and features, and the ability to download and install apps directly from the Google Play Store.
However, Android Automotive also has some disadvantages. For one, it can be more expensive to implement than traditional mobile phone projection systems. Additionally, it can be more difficult to keep Android Automotive up to date, as it requires carmakers to release software updates.
What about Tesla and Rivian?
Tesla and Rivian have both opted to develop their own in-house infotainment systems instead of using Android Automotive or mobile phone projection systems. These systems offer a number of advantages, such as deep integration with the vehicle’s hardware and software. However, they can also be more expensive and less user-friendly than traditional infotainment systems.
The adoption of wireless Android Auto and CarPlay is a positive development for consumers. It makes it easier and more convenient to use smartphones in cars, and it reduces the amount of clutter in the cabin. However, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of different infotainment systems before making a purchase decision.