Hyundai Bringing CarPlay to 2015 Sonata Models Later This Year

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Hyundai today announced that it will bring Apple's CarPlay technology to its Sonata automobile lineup starting next year. This introduction makes Hyundai the first volume automobile manufacturer to bring CarPlay to the market and leaves Honda as the only one of five brands featured by Apple as launching CarPlay support in 2014 yet to make a specific announcement.

    The first Hyundai automobiles to offer the voice-driven system will be the company's popular Sonata line. Models that are equipped with the CarPlay-compatible navigation systems will debut later in the 2015 model year.
    CarPlay allows an iPhone to integrate into the car's infotainment system, providing Siri voice-controlled access to messaging, voice calls, Maps and music. The technology initially debuted as a factory-installed option in new 2014 luxury models from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo and will be available as an aftermarket add-on via Pioneer and Alpine-branded receivers.

    Article Link: Hyundai Bringing CarPlay to 2015 Sonata Models Later This Year
  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Land of 10,000 Lakes
    Really astonished they didn't go with something featuring Samsung components.
  3. macrumors G4


    Jun 12, 2012
    I still do not see how this stuff is legal. All of these states are going to "hands free" and this just encourages you to multitask while driving.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    May 9, 2012
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Car play is definitely something that will influence my next vehicle purchase. I don't know that I would purchase a Hyundai just because it has it, but I may delay my purchase until my already selected brand supports the standard.
  5. macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2012
    Vienna, Austria
    Are you serious? CarPlay distracts you still less than the messed up standard interfaces most cars have these days, and these are legal too.
  6. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    We shouldn't stop progress because some people are stupid. Nanny state sucks.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2014
    Operating a radio is legal. CarPlay doesn't allow composing texts onscreen.

    Also, not sure how you missed it but CarPlay uses "Siri Eyes-free" mode, which relies heavily on voice commands. Your current iPhone has it now, give it a try.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2004
    Of course, per the Hyundai press release, CarPlay is only available on models equipped with the navigation system, which includes the 8-inch touch screen display. The step lower 5-inch touch screen display does not come with the navigation.

    On the 2014 Sonata, the 8-inch navigation system is currently part of a $3,000 premium or technology package depending on the trim level you start with.

    The car will still be cheaper than the other currently announced OEM CarPlay options, but you're still going to pay a few thousand dollars to get CarPlay along with a bunch of other features you don't necesarily want on the Sonata.
  9. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Spotify is on CarPlay now? I thought it wasn't...
  10. macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2010
    Sucks that in order to get CarPlay you have to pay the egregious price that car mfr's charge for their navi systems which you will then not use because you are using Car Play.

    I want a car that has a super basic infotainment system with a touch screen that I can then use doe CarPlay. Hate paying twice essentially for the same feature set.
  11. macrumors 68000

    Oct 31, 2005
    Legal, yes. Safe, not. It's next to impossible to determine if drivers were distracted wading though their screen options when involved in an accident, so there won't be enough proof to outlaw it. Just viewing a navigation map is often enough distraction to cause havoc, let alone wading though menus and icons.
  12. MH01, Apr 16, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2014

    macrumors 603


    Feb 11, 2008
    Cause they are a Korean car manafacturer or cause Hyundai make cheap cars?

    Sonata is their luxury car right?
  13. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2013
    While I tend to agree with that sentiment, idiots who play with their phone put others at risk when they drive a death machine. That being said, I feel it helps progress along....I think we are going to see a lot more progress with Siri from this.
  14. macrumors G4


    Jun 12, 2012
    I am not saying I agree with those rules, but it is crazy b.c they are distracting.

    Did not know you could not access the text while driving.
  15. macrumors 603


    Feb 11, 2008
    Have not looked into the CarPlay integration.
    While driving a car, can you receive and reply to SMS messages using CarPlay?
  16. macrumors G4


    Jun 12, 2012
    which make more sense to go with the aftermarket ones from pioneer or alpine.
  17. macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2014
    New Jersey, United States
    Pretty ironic comment considering that signature line of yours...
  18. macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2009
    Here is a great video with Apple and Volvo showing off CarPlay for the XC90 model coming this fall:

    It shows sms integration among other things.
  19. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Yeah that really sucks. I wonder exactly what the hardware requirements for CarPlay are. Seems like this is just a way for OEMs to upsell you expensive infotainment packages.


    Depends how you define progress. ;)
  20. macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2012
    This will be available in aftermarket head units, too. With Pioneer and Alpine onboard, most others will follow.
  21. macrumors 68000

    Jun 24, 2010
    I agree. People can’t even handle talking on their phones/texting let alone interacting with an 8” display while driving. Whatever happened to just driving, listening to music and occasional gps? I ride a motorcycle and it scares the crap out of me that a person is looking at their display rather than the road. So many people on the road have no common sense.
    Once the first carplay related accident harms someone I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple is sued. Just look at the word “Carplay”. You should not be playing around in a car; period! This goes for Google and Microsoft as well.
  22. macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2011
    If they follow along with many laws, for example, they'll have to limit the interactivity with the unit based on speed.

    In Ontario, most headunits you buy will shut off MOST user interaction above 20km/h, leaving only basic radio and map controls. Advanced entry and functionality is unusable while in motion.

    This likely will also apply to anything running Carplay (Or at least I assume it should). And here in Ontario, it is also illegal to have any mobile electronic device in your hands while driving, thus removing the use of the iPhone directly while driving. police here can give you a hefty ticket ($150 i think, but it might have been raised) and earn demerit points on your license for motor vehicle infraction should you be caught just holding your cell phone while your car is on the roadway or in motion.
  23. macrumors 68030


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    Talking to Siri may be multitasking but it's definitely hands free.
    Talking to a passenger is multitasking too you know.
  24. macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2011

    from what i've seen, Carplay will run technically on most entertainment units that are already built around the QNX car platform. However, I dont think we've seen what Apple requires to be "carplay compatible" in means of actual power of the hardware.

    Many cars out are already using the QNX car platform, so adding a software layer to support CarPlay might be a lot easier, and Cheaper than they let on.

    I know when I bought my Camry, Toyota includes a QNX based car infotainment system in ALL models. Even the lowest end one now. However the GPS and maps functionality is still an upgrade (though standard in the SE and above).

    I wouldn't be surprised if more manufacturers start including this sort of base functionality in most of their cars (or at least after a certain price point, I wouldn't expect a compact budget car to)
  25. macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2011

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