Automobile giant, Hyundai has announced that its latest sedan, the 2017 Elantra, which will arrive in showrooms across the United States before the end of this month will support both Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto.
The smartphone integration will be available through Hyundai’s 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen, as well as the larger, feature-packed 8-inch navigation unit.
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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. 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.
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The new car 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.
“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 at Hyundai. “Also, the new smartphone integrations will help to keep drivers’ eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, helping to reduce driver distraction.”
Despite all the changes, Hyundai has revealed that the car will start at $17,150, $100 less than the model it replaces.