At the New York International Auto Show, Hyundai announced that its first car model to feature CarPlay for iPhone 5/5c/5S will be the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. Hyundai previously announced that the Hyundai Genesis would work with Google Glass integration and include Verizon Wireless Enterprise safety, security and entertainment features.
The Hyundai Sonata infotainment head unit with Audio Video Navigation has an 8″ touchscreen, driver’s with iPhone models with Lightning connectors can access Siri through the voice button on the steering wheel. CarPlay will only work on Hyundai Sonata models with A/V Navigation.
Hyundai claims to be one of the first volume car manufacturers to offer CarPlay which will be available in 2015 Sonatas with navigation later in the 2015. Some sources contend that CarPlay is not safe to use while driving.
All 2015 Sonatas come standard with iPod/USB and auxiliary input jacks, SiriusXM satellite radio and Bluetooth phone connectivity with phonebook transfer and voice-recognition. Available upgrades include an 8.0-inch navigation system with downloadable apps, HD radio, Dimension or 400-watt Infinity premium audio systems with next-generation Blue Link telematics.
Hyundai’s 8.0-inch navigation system offers a map and music split screen display that supporting Pandora and SoundHound.
2015 Sonata will be the second Hyundai vehicle to offer the next-generation Blue Link system with destination Search powered by Google, Remote Start and the Hyundai Assurance Car Care in-vehicle app.
Since the Hyundai Genesis works with Google Glass, it may be possible that the Sonata system will also work with Google Glass. Hyundai joined the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) along with Audi, GM, Google, Honda and NVIDIA to deploy Android in vehicles.
Hyundai announced previously, that Google location search will be part of an update for 500,000 Hyundai owners with the previous version of Blue Link. Some Hyundai models such as the Genesis play Aha Radio with entertainment/news stations and Facebook/Twitter listening.
The seventh generation 2015 Sonata will be built at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant in Montgomery, Alabama and go on sale early this summer.
The new Sonata design reduced the noise inside the cabin and increased cargo volume.
ADAS , advanced safety technologies such as Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a Lane Departure Warning System are all available on the Sonata.
Sonata’s advanced Blind Spot Detection system is designed to alert drivers of an approaching vehicle in the next lane if the turn signal is activated. Drivers are first alerted of a vehicle in the blind spot by warning lights in the side mirrors.
The Lane Departure Warning System uses a forward-facing camera to recognize lane markers. If the system detects the vehicle is headed outside the lane markers, a warning light on the dashboard illuminates and an audible sound alerts the driver.
RCTA scans the areas to each side of the 2015 Sonata when drivers are backing out of parking spaces. If the system detects another vehicle is approaching from the side, the Sonata driver is given an audible alert.