Thursday, May 28th 2015. | Advanced Technology, Auto & Motor, Car

The next generation of in-car connectivity is finally here, and it is one that comes with a focus on safety by reducing driver distractions. The newly redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata will begin offering Android Auto as standard equipment on cars equipped with a navigation system. As for buyers who have already purchased their 2015 Sonata, the system will be available later as a software update – again though, only on cars with navigation.

Of all the benefits of Android Auto, the biggest is that it allows drivers to fully integrate their Android smartphones (equipped with the latest Android “Lollipop” operating system), meaning that now you can leave your phone alone while you’re driving. Actually, drivers have no choice: when the car and phone are paired properly, the smartphone’s screen is automatically locked. To use the functions of their phones, drivers can use the audio controls on the steering wheel, the touch screen or even voice recognition. The downside is that it must be tethered through a USB cord to take full advantage of the technology, but the numerous safety benefits far outweigh this minor inconvenience.

Android Auto is able to run various Google Apps such as Google Maps, Google Play and Google Now, but it can also run many third-party apps such as iHeartRadio, TextMe, NPR, Stitcher and Skype. After the new Sonata, Android Auto will be available on a growing number of Hyundai cars and crossovers. As for the software update, current owners of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata can have Android Auto installed at no charge by their dealer, and later this year they’ll be able to do the download for free by themselves.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Is The First To Offer Android Auto originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 28 May 2015 15:00 EST.

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