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Hyundai to Offer CarPlay in Sonata in Early 2016


Hyundai will offer CarPlay in its 2016 Sonata sometime in the first quarter of 2016, says a report today from the Detroit Free Press. The report doesn’t mention any plans by the Korean car maker to bring Apple’s hands-free system to any other models in its lineup.

Hyundai to Offer CarPlay in Sonata in Early 2016

“Hyundai says owners will have to buy an SD card with new software to get the system. That contradicts the company’s earlier assurance that the system would be a free download for customers who bought a properly equipped 2015 or ’16 Sonata midsize sedan. Hyundai already offers Android Auto in the cars for Google phone users at no additional charge.”

“Hyundai and Apple are committed to delivering drivers the best possible experience while using CarPlay in their vehicles,” according to a statement from Hyundai. “We are currently working together to complete CarPlay integration.”

Hyundai to Offer CarPlay in Sonata in Early 2016

2016 Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai announced in April of 2014 that it would offer CarPlay in the Sonata beginning with the 2015 model year, but failed to deliver the system for that model year. 2016 models from General Motors, Volkswagen, Honda, and others are expected to offer the system as either a standard or premium feature.

CarPlay offers iPhone users hand-free access to Maps, Phone, Messages, and more – including some third-party apps – via the vehicle’s built-in infotainment center in the vehicle’s console. The software is compatible with the iPhone 5 or newer, running iOS 8 or above.


Hyundai set to bring CarPlay to select cars early next year after delay

Hyundai Sonata 2015 with CarPlay

While Hyundai was one of the first major car brands to promise CarPlay in its vehicles as a selling point nearly two years ago, the automaker so far hasn’t actually shipped the update to add the feature it promised to customers. Compare that to Pioneer’s CarPlay support announced around the same time which brought the iPhone-based infotainment feature to all cars through aftermarket displays in 2014.

There may be some good news for Hyundai fans still waiting to test drive CarPlay, however, as USA Today reports that Hyundai is committing to rolling out an update to add the feature early next year.

Hyundai Sonata owners should expect a software update to be released during the first quarter of 2016 that will enable the CarPlay feature on supported models with a connected iPhone. Select models of Hyundai’s 2015 and 2016 Sonatas with in-dash displays will support the feature. CarPlay requires iPhone 5 or later.

While there’s still no set date for the software update’s release, the 3-month time frame is the most specific Hyundai has been yet. The automaker has heavily demoed CarPlay in its Sonatas for well over a year now, although it has missed past deadlines for bringing the feature to consumers.

The report also notes that Hyundai told customers the software update would be available for free but instead will require an SD Card for updating the head unit. You can pick up an SD Card for a few bucks though if you want to DIY the update, and I suspect dealers will be reasonable about updating head units for customers once the software update is out.

CarPlay Hyundai

While aftermarket displays like Pioneer’s and Alpine’s have offered CarPlay on select units for a while now, new cars including models from Volkswagen have been driving off the lot with CarPlay built-in lately.

You can check out our initial review of CarPlay and our update to what changed with CarPlay after one year if you want to learn more about the feature. We also went hands-on with CarPlay in Hyundai’s Sonata at CES last year. And expect these iPhone apps to work with CarPlay.

As a CarPlay user myself, I’m personally happy with the experience of adding the feature to my existing car through an aftermarket display like Pioneer’s, and if I was in the market for a new car now I’d highly consider waiting to see what car makers do with Apple’s new wireless CarPlay feature that shipped with iOS 9 but hasn’t shown up in cars yet. This is something I’m hoping to see pop up at CES next week.

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Hyundai Launching CarPlay in Sonata in First Quarter of 2016

2016-Hyundai-Sonata-CarPlayHyundai has confirmed that CarPlay will launch in the 2016 Sonata in the first quarter of next year, per the Detroit Free Press. The carmaker will reportedly sell an SD card with new software to get the system for an undisclosed price.

The report does not specify if CarPlay will be available in 2016 Sonata models sold outside of the United States, or if Apple's in-dash software will be backwards compatible with the 2015 Sonata. The carmaker has not yet outlined plans to bring CarPlay to the rest of its vehicle lineup.

In April 2014, Hyundai announced that CarPlay would be available in the Sonata beginning in the 2015 model year, but it failed to deliver on that promise. CarPlay is only now beginning to experience wider U.S. adoption in 2016 vehicles from General Motors, Volkswagen, Honda and other automakers, as either a standard feature or entertainment package upgrade.

CarPlay provides hands-free or eyes-free access to Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, Podcasts and third-party apps including Spotify, Rdio, iHeartRadio, CBS Radio and MLB At Bat. The platform uses Siri and interfaces with your vehicle's knobs, dials and buttons for safer access to common iPhone features. The software is compatible with iPhone 5 or later running iOS 8 or above.

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