Hyundai will pull the covers off its upcoming smartphone-based infotainment system for select new cars at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The new system, called Display Audio, doesn’t have a CD player or a built-in navigation system, but instead relies on an Apple or Android smartphone.
At the base of this new system are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, providing seamless hands-free integration through an easy-to-access USB port. Rather than include a music player and navigation system in Audio Display, Hyundai will simply take advantage of a user’s existing smartphone apps. The user need only plug the smartphone in, as the system will recognize the device as either Android or Apple.
The primary user interaction occurs via the seven-inch touchscreen embedded in the center of the dash. Here, the driver can call up entertainment, messaging, navigation, and calendar events. However, once connected, the driver can access various features and apps from his or her phone via steering wheel controls, providing voice-to-text messaging, calls, and navigation. Both CarPlay and Android Auto offer third-party app support, integrating with apps like Spotify, Pandora, and iHeartRadio.
“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,” said Cason Grover, senior group manager, cross-carline planning, Hyundai Motors America.
Along with the Android and Apple connectivity, Hyundai is releasing the next-generation of the company’s Blue Link technology, which provides collision notification, remote start, and monthly vehicle health reports, similar to General Motors’ OnStar.
Hyundai plans to have Display Audio in select new cars by 2016. Until then, you can catch a sneak peak of the system in action at CES 2015 this January.