Hyundai delays Apple CarPlay again – Detroit Free Press


Hyundai Motor has actually once again delayed fitting the well-liked Apple CarPlay in to Sonata midsize sedans it sold over the last year and a half.

The automaker initial assured to make CarPlay readily available about the 2015 Sonata in April 2014. CarPlay, which GM, Honda and others automakers began placing in brand-new cars last year, makes it simple for iPhone owners to usage lots of of their phones’ vital features hands-free while driving. Hyundai calls CarPlay “the smarter, safer and much easier method to usage an iPhone in the car.”

After promising in December the unit would certainly be readily available in the initial quarter of 2016, Hyundai now says it will certainly make an announcement concerning the availability of CarPlay in effectively equipped 2015 and 2016 Sonatas it currently sold at some future date.

“I’m quite upset,” said Donna English of Converse, Texas. English traded in a Toyota Camry for a 2015 Sonata due to the fact that she wished CarPlay. It was her initial Hyundai.

“I wished to have the ability to usage my iPhone safely for texts and phone calls. Hyundai ought to never ever have actually earned the guarantee until they were good they might deliver,” English said.  “I will certainly never, ever get yet another Hyundai, and I’m heading to tell my friends.”

Hyundai previously said owners of 2015 Sonatas would certainly have actually to pay to grab the upgrade to CarPlay, yet the company’s latest statement does not make any kind of reference to repayment or exactly how or once the update will certainly be available.

Hyundai sold 213,303 Sonatas in 2015 and 32,679 in the initial 2 months of 2016, according to figures from Autodata. It’s not clear exactly how lots of of them owned the tools Hyundai said was called for for CarPlay.

Sonatas rolling off the assembly line in Montgomery, Ala., now will certainly have actually CarPlay, as lengthy as they have actually either the seven-inch Display Audio touch screen or eight-inch touch screen along with navigation system.

Apple and automakers produced CarPlay to lessen driver distraction. Among others features, drivers can easily usage it for spoken command to play music, make phone calls, do web searches for businesses and grab directions.

Properly equipped 2017 Hyundai Elantras have actually CarPlay now. Hyundai will certainly have actually short article concerning the rollout of CarPlay about others models as its 2017 vehicles launch. Hyundai currently supplies Android Auto, which does the exact same point for Android phones that CarPlay does for iPhones.

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