Hyundai expands free rollout of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in US


Hyundai is expanding the use of smartphone integrations across the 2017 model year range in the US, with the software update compatible with CarPlay and Android Auto now available for free through

The 2017 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport are now being built with both CarPlay and Android Auto support and will arrive at dealerships soon. All other 2017 model Hyundai vehicles with eligible Display Audio or Navigation systems include both smartphone integration solutions from...

By Connected CarTech, 09 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apps, CarPlay, Devices.

Hyundai rolls out greater smartphone integrations for existing models in US


Hyundai is rolling out a do it yourself installation towards adding smartphone integrations to many existing models in the US.

Starting in June, customers can get the software at Hyundai dealerships nationwide for an installation fee. The software update compatible with CarPlay and Android Auto is now available at no cost through

In order to make the upgrade functional, owners need their VIN number and a USB memory stick or the SD card from their Navigation system....

By Connected CarTech, 03 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, CarPlay, Infotainment, iOS.

What does 2016 have in store for the connected car sector?


The past year has seen significant and interesting progress in the sphere of car connectivity, which is becoming increasingly complex and more commonplace. This is being driven, in-part by consumer expectation for access to the internet wherever they are, and by the introduction of new regulations which is governing the implementation of technology, as the clever use of the web breaks down further barriers to communication.

During recent months, the march of Apple and their...

By Nick Connor, 23 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CarPlay, Connectivity.

Volvo to launch Apple CarPlay in 2016 XC90 crossover model – alongside Sensus Connect

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Nearly two years after being one of the first automakers to announce plans to integrate Apple’s CarPlay into future models – Volvo will launch with the software in the US starting with its 2016 Volvo XC90 crossover model.

The iOS connected car software will be implemented alongside Volvo’s own in-vehicle Sensus Connect touchscreen platform. It will be...

By Liz Morrell, 09 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, CarPlay.

Hyundai adopts Baidu CarLife for its connected cars in China

Asian web services company Baidu has revealed plans to compete with Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto in China with CarLife.

Hyundai has announced that it will be one of the first manufacturers to use the service after the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding and it is planning to embed the software in a Sonata sedan.

The ongoing wrangling between the Chinese government, Google and Apple over their systems is what led Hyundai to investigate Baidu’s carlife, according to...

By Simon Holland, 28 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, CarPlay, Devices, Ecosystems, Navigation.

2014: The year connected cars roared into adolescence


It has been a big year for connected cars. Automakers, handset vendors, app developers and aftermarket CE manufacturers have graduated from a primary education in the best ways to support car and smartphone connectivity. There is now a solid outline of what the future body of connected driving will look like.

As the anatomy fills out, we have learned some critical lessons. Most importantly, smartphones are without question the brain of the connected car organism. They have the...

By Antti Aumo, 19 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apps, Best practice, CarPlay, Connectivity, Devices, Ecosystems, Mirrorlink, Regulation, Standards.

Speech to text rates high on list of in-car distractions

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Voice-activated technology is at the core of many of today’s connected car implementations, but new research finds it to be one of the top distractions for drivers.

Speech-to-text performanceThe recent study from the Automotive Association of America Foundation for Traffic Safety uses several ranking factors to compare speech-to-text technology with other tasks that might...

By Simon Holland, 04 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CarPlay, iOS, Voice activation.