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Hyundai Bringing CarPlay to 2015 Sonata Models Later This Year

Hyundai today announced that it will bring Apple's CarPlay technology to its Sonata automobile lineup starting next year. This introduction makes Hyundai the first volume automobile manufacturer to bring CarPlay to the market and leaves Honda as the only one of five brands featured by Apple as launching CarPlay support in 2014 yet to make a specific announcement.

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The first Hyundai automobiles to offer the voice-driven system will be the company's popular Sonata line. Models that are equipped with the CarPlay-compatible navigation systems will debut later in the 2015 model year.
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.
CarPlay allows an iPhone to integrate into the car's infotainment system, providing Siri voice-controlled access to messaging, voice calls, Maps and music. The technology initially debuted as a factory-installed option in new 2014 luxury models from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo and will be available as an aftermarket add-on via Pioneer and Alpine-branded receivers.

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14 weeks ago

I still do not see how this stuff is legal. All of these states are going to "hands free" and this just encourages you to multitask while driving.


Are you serious? CarPlay distracts you still less than the messed up standard interfaces most cars have these days, and these are legal too.
Rating: 14 Votes
14 weeks ago

I still do not see how this stuff is legal. All of these states are going to "hands free" and this just encourages you to multitask while driving.


We shouldn't stop progress because some people are stupid. Nanny state sucks.
Rating: 9 Votes
14 weeks ago

I still do not see how this stuff is legal. All of these states are going to "hands free" and this just encourages you to multitask while driving.


Operating a radio is legal. CarPlay doesn't allow composing texts onscreen.

Also, not sure how you missed it but CarPlay uses "Siri Eyes-free" mode, which relies heavily on voice commands. Your current iPhone has it now, give it a try.
Rating: 9 Votes
14 weeks ago
I still do not see how this stuff is legal. All of these states are going to "hands free" and this just encourages you to multitask while driving.
Rating: 7 Votes
14 weeks ago


THIS YEAR, Hyundai are bringing CarPlay to THIS YEAR's car.
How the ******* is that the 2015 model?

This is an American thing. American car retailers are using psychological tricks to make people feel they are buying next year's model. Nowhere else does this happen.


This happens all over the world. I actually bought a 1999 Saturn in June of 1998. Car manufacturers used to start in January, then moved back to December to beat their competitors, then back to November, etc. September has been pretty normal for the past 20 years. But sometimes it's even earlier.

Just like magazines - their dates are screwed up too. See the latest issues on the news stand? They're all dated June 2014.

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so i'm not sure what you're trying to prove. Both are doing it properly. Pulled over off the roadway, or parked.


The first one, you can't tell if he's driving or not.

MANY people, if not MOST read maps WHILE driving. It was as prevalent back then as using a cell phone while driving today is.

Why are you trying to be argumentative?

Here are pictures of people reading maps while driving. Happy?


Rating: 4 Votes
14 weeks ago
Really astonished they didn't go with something featuring Samsung components.
Rating: 4 Votes
14 weeks ago

Legal, yes. Safe, not. It's next to impossible to determine if drivers were distracted wading though their screen options when involved in an accident, so there won't be enough proof to outlaw it. Just viewing a navigation map is often enough distraction to cause havoc, let alone wading though menus and icons.


How little we forget. This is what we were doing 10 years ago - unfolding, reading, and folding paper maps. It's a LOT safer today.



Rating: 4 Votes
14 weeks ago

We shouldn't stop progress because some people are stupid.


Pretty ironic comment considering that signature line of yours...
Rating: 3 Votes
14 weeks ago
Of course, per the Hyundai press release, CarPlay is only available on models equipped with the navigation system, which includes the 8-inch touch screen display. The step lower 5-inch touch screen display does not come with the navigation.

On the 2014 Sonata, the 8-inch navigation system is currently part of a $3,000 premium or technology package depending on the trim level you start with.

The car will still be cheaper than the other currently announced OEM CarPlay options, but you're still going to pay a few thousand dollars to get CarPlay along with a bunch of other features you don't necesarily want on the Sonata.
Rating: 3 Votes
14 weeks ago
Sucks that in order to get CarPlay you have to pay the egregious price that car mfr's charge for their navi systems which you will then not use because you are using Car Play.

I want a car that has a super basic infotainment system with a touch screen that I can then use doe CarPlay. Hate paying twice essentially for the same feature set.
Rating: 3 Votes

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