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Chapman Hyundai is excited to hear that Android Auto, a dashboard operating system for vehicles, started shipping out this week in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. Those who have tested it out claim that Android Auto is a great way to access music, Google Maps, and other smart phone features without the need to take your eyes off the road.

Android Auto, Google’s operating system for cars was introduced in aftermarket kits in March, but this week, it has finally reached new cars, too. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is the very first car to be built-in Android Auto, although the OS will be soon added to other cars in the near future.

Android Auto allows a vehicle to connect Android phones with a USB cable, and allows certain apps to operate via the vehicle’s dashboard. Drivers are then able to do hands-free phone calling. They can also receive Google Maps directions on the fly, or listen to music via the popular Spotify or other audio apps, without ever needing to handle the phone itself.

It’s also worth mentioning that Android Auto doesn’t completely replace the Hyundai Sonata’s standard dashboard interface; it’s practically an app that launches automatically when a compatible Android phone (one running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher) gets connected. Furthermore, because the Sonata already has microphones and buttons installed in the vehicle, drivers can interact with Android Auto via voice commands or through cabin controls.

Google placed certain restrictions as precautionary measures on Android Auto to ensure that drivers don’t get distracted from taking their eyes off the road. Once a phone activated into the system upon plug-in, all control is subsequently ceded to the vehicle’s dashboard display, therefore drivers won’t be tempted to squint at the phone’s screen. App lists like song playlists within the Spotify app, are automatically programmed to play the set maximum length so drivers are unable to scroll endlessly. And notifications from Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and other social media sites are entirely unable to be displayed in Android Auto.

The operating system is practically centered around voice search features, which automakers consider a safer way for driver software interaction while in the car because drivers can still focus on their attention on the road ahead. For example, Android Auto has the capability of reading incoming text messages aloud allowing the driver to verbally dictate a response, but won’t allow for rereading messages that have already been received.

There’s clearly some positive signs from early reviews of Android Auto, or at least its current implementation in the Sonata. “I found Android Auto to be a much more pleasant experience than Hyundai’s native system,” Dan Seifert wrote for The Verge. “It’s faster, gives me access to the same maps and music I use on my phone, and is just more pleasant and familiar to use. If I owned the Sonata, I can’t think of a reason why I’d use the native UI instead of Android Auto.”

Check out our Phoenix Hyundai dealership to learn more about upcoming features expected to be implemented in Hyundai vehicles. Test drive a Hyundai today!


Aggressive Styling Helps Earn Honor

Although there had been no announcement if it will ever turn into a production vehicle, the 2015 Hyundai Santa Cruz wowed judges enough to be named the Concept Truck of the Year during the recent North American Concept Vehicle of the Year show. Looking much like an alien land rover with its squat profile, wide stance and aggressive wheels, the Santa Cruz would fill a void in the small truck market. “The compact truck segment in the U.S. is tremendously competitive and overall truck sales have skyrocketed to become one of the best-selling segments in today’s market,” said Mike O’Brien, Hyundai VP.

Award Based on Design, Materials and Market Responsiveness

Along with the stunning design, judges picked the Santa Cruz as the winner based on the use of quality materials and an overall responsiveness to today’s market. Chevrolet and Ford are absolutely crushing sales records this year with the number of trucks they are moving, but there is a definite gap in the small truck market. The Santa Cruz combines interior luxury with adequate payload to create an innovative and functional truck that would surely intrigue buyers who don’t need a full size truck. As one of the vehicles most likely to change the future of the auto industry, judges recognized the importance of creating a truck with style for people who only haul small loads.

Millennial Lifestyle Creating Urban Adventurers

There’s a whole new urban lifestyle sprouting that requires small vehicles for maneuvering through tight traffic that also have the capability to be functional when needed. Dubbed “urban adventurers,” the current generation of 20 and 30-something young men and women require a vehicle that’s sensible during the week, but can also haul a kayak or some camping equipment for an adventure on the weekend. The Santa Cruz offers seating for five on a small overall footprint. The popularity of the vehicle may have it popping up on the showroom of Chapman Hyundai some day, so stay tuned.

For Now, Hyundai SUVs Offer Popular Alternative

Until the Santa Cruz finally is produced, Hyundai has two of the most popular and affordable SUVs on the market. The smaller Tucson starts at just $22,700 and features five seats and a remarkable 31 miles per gallon on the highway. The larger Santa Fe is just a couple of thousand dollars more on the base end, also with seating for five but with more horsepower. Both feature refined interiors and loads of creature comforts at an affordable price. See why they are some of the most popular SUVs in the nation with a test drive at your Phoenix Hyundai dealer, Chapman Hyundai.