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SOMETHING SMART: 2015 Sonata customers can get a free download of the Android Auto app which allows access to certain applications, such as Google Maps, by voice, steering-wheel controls or a touchscreen. Image: Hyundai

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DETROIT, Michigan — Hyundai in the US has become the first automaker to offer Google's 'Android Auto' system - but Hyundai SA doesn't know whether it will come to southern Africa

Starting Tuesday (May 26 2015), Android smartphone US users with a 2015 Sonata (not available in SA) equipped with satnav as part of an optional technology package can ask dealers for a free download of the system.

Hyundai South Africa says it has yet to decide whether to import the latest Sonata.

NO DRIVER DISTRACTION

Android Auto connects a driver's smartphone to access certain applications, such as Google Maps or Spotify, by voice, steering-wheel controls or a facia touchscreen.

It also locks the connected phone while in use to help keep the driver's eyes on the road.

Google says Android Auto is expected to be offered on 28 automotive brands by the 2016 model year.

Hyundai says it expects to offer Apple's version of the system, CarPlay, sometime soon.

Down here in South Africa, however, an Hyundai SA spokesperson told Wheels24 that though CarPlay was already available on certain models internationally he could not say when Android Auto or CarPlay applications would be available here.


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