Hyundai and its part owned sister company Kia are reported to be bringing Android integration into all of their cars from early next year. The Audio-Visual-Navigation (AVN) system will be based on Android and feature a company owned app store from which you can download automotive and multimedia apps. It’s not known yet if you’ll be able to fully access all of Google’s services, such as Google Play.
Being an Android system, the linking of your smart phone’s functions to the cars AVN system should be a simple operation.
A source familiar with the topic said:
Hyundai & Kia will install the Android AVN system, which is linked to all the smartphone functions, and provides its own Appstore and communication-based telematics service – all new cars released next year will have this system by default or as an option
One of the most interesting parts of this is the “communication based telematics service”, which is said to be able to remotely control the cars functions through a Wi-Fi connection.
The first cars to receive the new AVN system are the Hyundai New Genesis and Sonata, whilst the KIA system, which they call UVO 2.0, will be in the All New Soul. This roll-out will be followed shortly there after by all new Hyundai and Kia cars, either as standard or as an option.
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