The CarPlay news keeps rolling in. Shortly after Pioneer announced aftermarket support for Apple’s CarPlay feature, Hyundai joined the small but growing numbers of auto manufacturers to announce specific plans for CarPlay support in new vehicles.
Hyundai CarPlay support will be introduced as a feature of the 2015 Sonata sedan.
Hyundai’s latest Audio Video Navigation (AVN) systems are already recognized for their beautiful, yet intuitive interface and advanced feature set. Our engineers took advantage of the vivid eight-inch touchscreen to integrate CarPlay for an experience that iPhone users will instantly recognize. A Sonata equipped with CarPlay, lets drivers have the ability to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages. With CarPlay, Siri provides drivers an eyes-free experience by responding to requests through voice commands and can be easily accessed directly through the Voice button on the steering wheel. Using a Lighting connector, CarPlay works with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 running the latest version of iOS 7.
Hyundai is currently selling the 2014 model-year Sonata, with the 2015 model to arrive later this year. It’s unclear if the company has any plans to retroactively add CarPlay support to existing models.
Those interested in the 2015 Sonata beyond CarPlay can check out an overview of the entire vehicle courtesy of Digital Trends.