As most of the current current customers are interested in having a technologically advanced car, Hyundai is improving the current Sonata connection options. The South-Korean manufacturer announced the introduction of Apple CarPlay support to new 2016 Sonatas. CarPlay gives users the features they want such as Phone, Messages, Music, and Maps, while allowing them to stay focused on the road.
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 newer models running the iOS 7.1 or higher operating systems.
Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available on the 2016 Sonata’s seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen and eight-inch navigation systems. There will be an announcement about CarPlay support on the 2016 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid at a later date.
Integration with Apple’s Siri-powered “Eyes Free” mode 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.