Hyundai and its sister car maker, Kia, have been quickly rolling out Android Auto (and thus, Apple CarPlay) support to their fleet. However, unlike many of the other car makers out there, Hyundai and Kia are both doing it via over-the-air updates, like you would get on your smartphone. This means that owners don't need to buy a new car to get Android Auto support – which is going to help Android Auto's adoption rate, and get more people using the system. The update is available now, and customers are able to apply the update to their car themselves, without needing to go to their dealership.
The four new vehicles that are getting the update include the 2015 & 2016 Azera, 2016 Sonata Hybrid and the 2016 Veloster. The update is fairly easy, but time consuming. So make sure you have a few hours to spare before attempting to update your vehicle. It's also worth pointing out that the update is only available for models that have the full navigation package. If you don't, then your car won't be eligible, unfortunately. When you go to MyHyundai.com and put in your VIN the site will also tell you whether your model is eligible for Android Auto. You'll also need a SD card to download the update and then put it into your car's infotainment system and get things rolling.
While Hyundai doesn't have the most models with Android Auto – that still belongs to Chevy as all of their models in the 2016 model year have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay – but they are rapidly expanding their support. This is definitely nice to see, especially since Hyundai was a launch partner for Android Auto in early 2015 with their 2015 Hyundai Sonata. Android Auto is expected to get its own standalone app this fall – which Google showed off at Google I/O earlier this year – which makes having an Android Auto-compatible vehicle, not as big of a deal anymore.
For those that may be unaware of what Android Auto is exactly, it basically brings your phone's interface to the larger display that is in your car. Allowing you to use things like Google Maps for navigation (with cars that have it built in, it will use the car's GPS instead of your phone's GPS signal), you can also stream music from your smartphone and even make calls. Making it a seamless experience for everyone.