Hyundai confirms to be revealing new infotainment system plus ApplePlay integration at CES

Hyundai will be showing up at the CES next year to reveal their new infotainment system, which also is one of the first to integrate ApplePlay in new cars.

The system comes with a fancy new seven-inch touchscreen display and has been optimizes to be paired in all sorts of ways with the latest smartphones. It doesn’t have sat-nav as standard as that’s an extra option, but it has plenty of options to give drivers and occupants ways to connect their smartphones to the car.

Driver’s can do the usual functions, such as control music, access contacts for hands-free calling, and more.

The system should be launched and implemented in most new Hyundais beginning in 2016.

Check out the press release after the jump.



All-New Infotainment Unit to Be Offered in Select 2016 Models 

  • Brings Android Auto™, which extends the Android™ platform in a way that is purpose built for driving
  • Brings Apple CarPlay™, the smarter, safer and best iPhone experience, on four wheels
  • Features the next generation Blue Link system with Connected Care, a suite of safety and car care features and remote engine start with climate control
  • Incorporates the latest smartphone-enabled technologies and the next generation Blue Link® system into more lower price Hyundai models without embedded navigation systems
  • The Display Audio system includes a large color touch-screen display that has been optimized for smartphone integration

Fountain valley, Calif., Dec. 17, 2014 – Hyundai is doing the unthinkable at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) by showing a new Display Audio system with no CD player or embedded navigation system. Display Audio is a high resolution seven-inch color touch-screen display that has been optimized specifically for enhanced smartphone integrations and the latest generation Blue Link system. iPhone owners can use Apple CarPlay to take the familiar features from their iPhones and put them right on the touch-screen display while driving. Android Auto brings the Android experience into the car by ‘projecting’ apps and services into the Display Audio system. Android Auto is designed to make driving safer and easier by providing the information drivers need when they’re on the road.

Display Audio launches on select 2016 Hyundai models and will quickly become Hyundai’s volume head unit. Hyundai will eventually bring the new infotainment system to all of its entry-level models in order to provide the best streaming multimedia and ownership experience possible. Display Audio combines the best of phone-based connectivity technologies with Blue Link, which provides features that are that are only possible with an embedded telematics system such as remote engine start and automatic collision notification. Hyundai’s exhibit (North Hall, booth #2818) at CES will be open Jan. 6-9, 2015.

“Hyundai will offer more technology than ever before inside affordable Hyundai models, allowing owners not only to text message through voice commands and stream their favorite music apps, but also to make calls in a safer way, and navigate using phone-based, off-board navigation through the car’s screen and controls,” said Cason Grover, senior group manager, cross-carline planning, Hyundai Motor America. “As affordable car buyers are often younger, Hyundai aims to provide what they want most in their car – all the latest smartphone-enabled technologies at a lower price.”

Hyundai’s new Display Audio system

The Display Audio system brings the newest smartphone integrations into Hyundai vehicles using an easy-to-access USB port. Once the connection is made, users can access their smartphone for phone calls and contacts, music, navigation, messaging, and optimized third-party apps. Display Audio will have navigation capability through smartphone integrations and will also offer entertainment apps for music, news, sports, and Podcasts. Apple CarPlay offers third-party audio app support, such as Beats Music, iHeart Radio, MLB At Bat, Spotify, Stitcher, CBS Radio News and Podcasts, among others. Android Auto’s initial app roster includes iHeart Radio, MLB At Bat, Spotify, SoundCloud, Pandora, TextMe and WhatsApp. Each partner plans to add additional third-party apps in the future and these will not require any vehicle software updates.

The Display Audio system will also incorporate Hyundai’s latest and most innovative in-vehicle technology by offering a simple, multi-use home screen, HD Radio® capability and mixed AM, FM and SiriusXM presets.

Additional Display Audio infotainment system features:

  • Integration with Apple’s Siri-powered “Eyes Free” mode
    • Functionality allows owners of compatible vehicles to use the voice command button on the steering wheel to ask Siri questions without taking their eyes off the road
    • Siri Eyes Free supports making calls, selecting and playing music, composing and reading back test messages, using Maps and getting directions, reading notifications, finding calendar information, adding reminders, among other functions 
    • Integration with Google’s voice actions and predictive Google Now functionality
    • Pandora integration with smartphone
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with enhanced features
    • SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
      • Traffic flow data in major markets, 24/7 traffic incidents and alerts
      • Sports scores and schedules, stock ticker, movie times, fuel prices and weather/alerts
    • Advanced voice recognition
    • Swipe technology
    • Music, video and picture storage
      • New home screen with multiple functions
    • Functionality brings drivers relevant information like local weather, upcoming appointments and current traffic conditions
    • Pause, back and play for current station
    • Automatic recording of top six presets 


Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car with technology like Remote Start with Climate Control, a Monthly Vehicle Health Report, Remote Door Lock/Unlock and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Remote features can be accessed via a smartphone app and Internet. Blue Link also features maintenance alerts and the new Hyundai Assurance Car Care in-vehicle app. The next generation Blue Link system is uses a 4G connection. 

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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