Hyundai provides DIY Android Auto update for 2015 Sonata

Today, Hyundai is fulfilling its promise and its boast of being the first auto maker to put Android Auto on a production vehicle. While many of its rivals have also advertised support for the in-vehicle version of Android, those are still coming in future models. In contrast, starting with Hyundai's 2015 Sonata, owners can already start experiencing the hands-free and safe driving benefits of Android Auto. They can even do it themselves if they want to, with Hyundai providing the software and the steps to perform the upgrade.

This is definitely a first for the car maker. Not only is it the first time they will put Android Auto on a production model, it is also the first time they will make the software available from their MyHyundai owner's portal. This gives owners more freedom and power on when and if they want to upgrade to the latest firmware.

The update should take less than an hour, Hyundai says. Any owner who wants to go through this DIY route must first register their cars. Once logged into the portal, they will need to download the update and use the tool to copy it to a USB. That USB will then be used to update the Sonata's system itself. Hyundai provides an easy to follow video with instructions on how to perform all of the above.

Alternatively, the free update is also available in Hyundai dealerships nationwide. The Android Auto update is supported on the Sonata Sport, Eco, Limited, Sport 2.0T, and Limited 2.0T models. One caveat is that owners need to have an Android smartphone running 5.0 Lollipop or later to use Android Auto on the Sonata.

SOURCE: Hyundai