Hyundai has announced that select 2016 car models will feature a new “Display Auto” system that doesn’t include a CD player or embedded navigation system. Instead, the new system has been optimized to work with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the company’s next-generation Blue Link system.
The system will be officially unveiled at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show, which begins Jan. 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Display Auto will provide navigation capability through smartphone integrations, and also offer entertainment apps for music, news, sports, and podcasts. Apple CarPlay offers third-party audio app support, such as Beats Music, iHeart Radio, MLB At Bat, Spotify, Stitcher, CBS Radio News, and Podcasts, among others. Android Auto features iHeart Radio, MLB At Bat, Spotify, SoundCloud, Pandora, TextMe, and WhatsApp.
Each partner plans to add additional third-party apps in the future and these will not require any vehicle software updates.
According to Cason Grover, senior group manager:
Hyundai will offer more technology than ever before inside affordable Hyundai models, allowing owners not only to text message through voice commands and stream their favorite music apps, but also to make calls in a safer way, and navigate using phone-based, off-board navigation through the car’s screen and controls.
Earlier this month, Ford announced that its future car models would no longer support Microsoft Sync. Instead, the models will feature software that works with third-party solutions such as Apple CarPlay.
In addition to Hyundai and Ford, Apple CarPlay is available in select car models from Audi, BMW, GM, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, among others.
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