Hyundai has adapted its cars to update as soon as your phone does (and a peek at the brand new Tucson)
We all have this conundrum: Your phone and laptop update daily, but your in-car technology is four years old, and it seems like it’s ancient. So you prop your iPhone up on the dashboard and let Google maps navigate, giving you real time traffic and even route changes to adjust for road congestion.
Well, you’re not alone: The engineers at Hyundai think the same thing. So they are adapting the systems in new cars, starting with the Hyundai Sonata and Hyundai Tucson, to integrate your phone apps and vice versa. Starting with Apple’s Car Play, which is due to be released soon (today, perhaps?) and Android Auto, you’ll be able to use these apps, and hence you phone, hands free, while your’e driving. But the apps require a bit of software in the car, and Hyundai is ready for that too: As soon as the phone systems are available, Hyundai will send out a software update that you can download on your computer and update in the car using a USB drive. Pretty cool, eh?
Even more top tech: Bluelink keeps you connected to your phone and your car
Also, the systems will integrate with Hyundai’s BlueLink app so you can use all the functions, such as remotely starting your car, setting a parking reminder and setting up service appointments.
We got a tour of these systems with Hyundai resident genius, Miles Johnson:
Wondering about the Hyundai Tucson we test drove?
Pretty, isn’t it? It’s the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, which rolls into showrooms this fall. We got a look at it recently and here are some of our favorite features:
Disclosure: I was Hyundai’s guest at the Tucson introduction; Hyundai provided travel and accommodations, though opinions expressed here are all my own.