The integration of android functionality in Car’s, is becoming a common feature in this day and age. Most car’s featuring this function are high end cars (Expensive) but this is not the case, somewhat, with Hyundai’s latest release the 2017 Hyundai Elantra. For an extra $800 added to the car’s base price of $19,785, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra will sport Apple’s CarPlay functionality, a rear-view camera, automatic headlights, media control buttons on the steering wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth-enabled entertainment system, heated side mirrors, and a hood insulator.
Also noteworthy, is the 2017 Hyundai Elantra limited edition features which includes a blind spot detection, LED running lights, leather steering wheel, shift knob, and seats, 17” alloy wheels, and a slew of other perks to boot. A 7-inch touchscreen can be built into the dash, if you want it but for an extra $2,500.
Hyundai announced that the car will be Auto dealer shops in the first quarter of 2016. There is no news on when it will arrive in Nigeria and Africa at large. We do know hat procuring this car will be no problem for Nigerians, especially the rich, and Auto dealer in Nigeria will purchase this car for their rich customers, when it goes on sale.
Below is an excerpt from the company’s official statement
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The 2017 Hyundai Elantra launches this month with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™. CarPlay is the smarter, safer way to use an iPhone® in the car, taking the things users want to do with their iPhone while driving and putting them right on the car’s built-in display, so drivers can stay focused on the road. For Android phone users, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is also compatible with Android Auto.
Both smartphone integrations will be available on the 2017 Hyundai Elantra’s seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with rearview camera and Hyundai’s eight-inch touchscreen navigation system with voice texting, access to music stored on the phone and third-party audio apps.
“By launching our best-selling model, Elantra, with CarPlay and Android Auto support, we are building on our promise to offer more convenience features for today’s modern driver at an affordable price point,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of product and corporate planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Also, the new smartphone integrations will help to keep drivers’ eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, helping to reduce driver distraction.”
CarPlay delivers an instantly recognizable experience to iPhone users that will help reduce driver distraction due to its familiarity. CarPlay support lets drivers make calls, get directions optimized for traffic conditions, listen to music, and access messages. With CarPlay, Siri provides drivers an eyes-free experience by responding to requests through voice commands that are easily and directly accessed through the steering wheel’s voice button. Using a Lightning connector, CarPlay works with iPhone 5 and current models running the iOS 7.1 or higher operating systems. Elantra provides an available second USB port for charging because of this wired connection.
2017 Hyundai Elantra is also compatible with Android Auto for seamless and intuitive operation of the most commonly used smartphone functions including navigation with Google Maps™, streaming audio, voice-controlled search capabilities and over 40 approved smartphone apps. Android Auto is compatible with Android phones running Android 5.0, Lollipop or higher.
The CarPlay roster of supported apps can be found at the following link: http://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/. Android Auto’s app roster can be found here: g.co/androidauto. Apple and Google plan to add more third-party apps in the future, and these will not require any vehicle software updates.
In early 2016, Hyundai will have additional information regarding the availability of CarPlay and Android Auto on other models. This will include information on how existing owners of compatible vehicles with Hyundai’s fourth-generation navigation system or Display Audio can update their vehicles with these features. Android Auto is currently available on 2015 and 2016 Sonata models.
Hyundai’s Display Audio system features a high-resolution seven-inch color touch-screen display optimized specifically for smartphone integrations and the latest generation of Blue Link.
In addition, Display Audio incorporates Hyundai’s latest and most innovative in-vehicle technology by offering a simple, multi-use home screen, HD Radio® capability, mixed AM, FM and SiriusXM presets, along with Pandora-link integration.
Additional Display Audio Features:
- Integration with Apple’s Siri-powered “Eyes Free” mode
- Functionality allows owners of compatible vehicles to use the voice command button on the steering wheel to ask Siri questions without taking their eyes off the road
- Siri Eyes Free supports making calls, selecting and playing music, composing and reading back text messages, using Maps and getting directions, reading notifications, finding calendar information, and adding reminders, among other functions
- Integration with Google’s voice actions and predictive Google Now functionality through Android Auto
- Functionality allows owners of compatible vehicles to find destinations in Google Maps, set appointment reminders, make and receive calls, respond to text messages with intuitive voice commands, and more
- Pandora integration
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio with enhanced features
- Pause, back and play for current station
- Automatic recording of top six presets
- SiriusXM Travel Link
- Sports scores and schedules, stock ticker, movie times, fuel prices and weather/alerts
- Advanced voice recognition
- Multi-touch screen that supports swipe and wipe gestures
- New home screen with multiple functions
Display Audio combines the best of phone-based connectivity technologies with Blue Link. Blue Link provides a full suite of safety and diagnostic features, as well as features that are only possible with an embedded telematics system, such as remote engine start, stolen vehicle recovery and remote door lock/unlock. Read more