Software will provide more functionality within Hyundai products.
Android Auto, like Apple’s similar CarPlay, has quickly spread across new-car infotainment systems as a way to bridge the gap between smartphones and car touchscreens. Now Hyundai is poised to take that integration one step further, with its own version of Android Auto that bakes in even more Hyundai-specific functionality. The app was revealed in an Elantra earlier this week at the Google I/O event.
The new software, called MyHyundai, will offer all the same functionality that users expect from Android Auto, providing integration for Google Maps navigation, Google Now voice recognition, and various internet music services. It builds on those, however, with special tools unique to Hyundai vehicles. There’s a built-in menu for calling roadside support, for instance, and a way to schedule service appointments directly from the touchscreen. The MyHyundai app will also support some features that were already available with Hyundai’s BlueLink app, like setting a Valet Alert if the car is driven outside of a certain area, plus emailed reports on the car’s status and even a “driving status” menu that reports data on recent trips.
With those functions available, drivers and passengers should be able to spend even more time using Android Auto rather than the Hyundai infotainment system’s built-in menu. Hyundai also says that it will be able to ensure drivers always have up-to-date Blue Link software.
However, there are still no Android integrations for, say, the car’s climate control settings.
The MyHyundai app is only a prototype at this point, but Hyundai hopes to launch it before the end of this year. Hyundai was the first automaker to launch Android Auto, on the 2015 Sonata.