Hyundai is set to bring out another hybrid vehicle this year. Except this time it is bridging the gap between your car and your phone by allowing you to connect your Android phone to your car’s media center.
The new service, called Android Auto, forms part of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) and will bring your smartphone features to the new fourth generation touch screen Auto Video Navigation systems found in many latest generation Hyundai vehicles. By projecting your phone experience onto the in-dash display, drivers will have access to many of their favorite Android Apps such as Google Maps, Google Play Music and of course, many third party apps.
This is not to say that it will replace the already amazing Hyundai built in smart system, but rather it will integrate with the existing system and offer you a new hybrid system offering you all the benefits of both worlds. This hybrid system sets it apart from many current systems that only allow one or the other.
At the moment it looks as though you will need to connect your mobile via cable, but no doubt future designs will incorporate wireless connections and wireless charging stations for even more convenience.
When asked why they decided to go ahead with the Hyundai interface, Paul Choo, director of the Silicon Valley Accelerator Lab said that: “Android Auto’s clean and intuitive interface is a perfect match with Hyundai Motor Group’s interior design approach. The goal is to provide a smarter and safer way to use smartphone technology and convenience in cars.”
This is not the first time that Hyundai has brought your car and your phone closer together. Previously we chatted about how Hyundai was using mobiles to replace car keys as well as how your smartphone or smartwatch can be used as a Blue Link to select Hyundai vehicles and offer you many remote functions such as remote start, door unlock and even car finder.
How this will affect the no texting while you drive legislation is not clear at the moment, but no doubt it will open a serious can of worms and leave both the lawyers and traffic cops perplexed.
Sadly the service will not be backwards compatible and will only be available for select models in the mid 2015 range onwards, and at the moment is only available for open source mobile operating systems. There is no information yet as to whether Apple’s iOS will offer a similar service.
What do you think? Is this a good idea or do you think that it will make drivers more distracted while driving?