It was last year when we first delivered news of Android Auto that is set to arrive in vehicles some time down the road, without any specific dates mentioned. It looks as though all of the patient waiting has paid off, where from today onward, anyone who owns an Android device (one of the more up to date models, of course, and I am not referring to legacy devices that still run on Android 2.3 or the likes) and drive a 2015 Hyundai Sonata will be able to download the Android Auto system for free – just ask your car dealer nicely and it should be done.
Your 2015 Hyundai Sonata will first require to feature navigation, of course, which happens to be part of an optional technology package. As for the rest of the other Hyundai models, fret not – Android Auto is said to be making its way to those platforms as well. Android Auto will be able to hook itself up to the driver’s smartphone, allowing him or her to access selected apps such as Google Maps or Spotify, through the use of voice, steering wheel controls or touchscreen graphics.
In other words, you can still manipulate certain apps without taking your eyes off the road, although one’s concentration level would no doubt dip a wee bit whenever you try to figure things out. Google did mention that Android Auto is tipped to arrive on 28 different brands by the 2016 model year.