Google enters the rooms of our cars with a new system called Android Auto and today Hyundai became the first automaker to have the feature added by default on the dashboards. The Android Auto will arrive on dealer lots with the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sedan.
The great news is that the Korean brand offers the system for free, to anyone who opt for the navigation system. When connected via an USB cable to an Android phone that runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop or a newer OS version, the system extends various apps to the dashboard to fully integrate those with the car’s built-in hardware.
Google Maps can easily become the main navigation system software for your car while audio apps can play through the sound system. The Google release is not very much a novelty when it comes to car integrated systems, bur Android infotainment seems to be the very best system on the market.
It works much more easily than all automaker provided systems that have been tested. It is simple and flexible and it does a great job in making your driving experience much more entertaining and easier.
The set up works intuitively. You only need to plug your cell phone into the car’s USB port and select Android Auto on the center screen. A new infotainment universe will unravel in front of your eyes, offering immense possibilities for connectivity, efficiency in driving, navigating, reaching destinations, listening to music and much more.
Also, there is no need for you to learn new systems or set up contacts or favorite locations, because Android Auto works exactly like your cell phone, syncing all that you need directly in front of your eyes, while driving. This entertaining software is perfectly designed for use inside of a car.
The menus are ideally adapted to what you need exactly and what seems most efficient while driving. You will benefit from music and navigation on the screen and calls and texts through voice recognition. The buttons are big enough not to request your entire attention while you’d better keep your hands on that steering wheel and it all looks like it’s coming back from the future.
The majority of infotainment systems made by car companies on the market today really suck. Seemingly, they are the source of most customer complaints, compared to critics related to any other parts of the car. Google now brings the best alternative on the market with other failures making it easy for the tech giant to create and extend their influence into our cars. Apple has also released a similar system, which turns a car’s center screen into an iOS device.