Hyundai Widens Android Auto, Apple CarPlay Availability With Software Update

CARS.COM — Hot on the heels of a similar move by sister brand Kia, Hyundai has announced that it is expanding the availability of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to its entire 2017 model-year lineup. Owners of 2017 Hyundai vehicles with display audio or navigation can get either smartphone-integration system through a free do-it-yourself software update at MyHyundai.com or at any Hyundai dealership for a fee.

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The 2017 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport SUVs will be equipped to support both systems upon arrival to dealerships. Older navigation-equipped models on which the update is available include the 2016 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid sedans and Veloster hatchbacks, as well as 2015 and 2016 Azera sedans. Download times range from 1-3 hours, while uploading the software to the vehicle takes 40 minutes.

The automaker noted that the software update requires the owner's VIN and navigation SD card. Owners can find installation guides at MyHyundai.com and on Hyundai's YouTube channel.

Last month, Kia announced that it was expanding the availability of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to more of its lineup from the 2014 through 2017 model years. The upgrade was to be available to owners of eligible vehicles with AVN 4.0 navigation systems or the UVO3 multimedia system.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay allow users to access the apps and functions of their mobile device with greater convenience and, ideally, less distraction from the road.

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