updated 06:30 pm EDT, Wed July 9, 2014
New video shows off Apple technology alongside built-in car systems
A new, 11-minute video of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata offers viewers an in-depth look at CarPlay, Apple's car technology for iOS device integration. In addition to showing off the system itself, the video also makes clearer how CarPlay (and other technologies like Android Auto) can co-exist with built-in infotainment systems that are part of the vehicle itself. The video also distinguishes Apple's "Siri Eyes Free" feature from the rest of the CarPlay technology.
The CarPlay portion of the video starts just shy of the four-minute mark, and reveals "CarPlay mode" to exist as an app in the Sonata's native infotainment system. By connecting an iOS device (iPhone 5 or later) through a Lightning cable, CarPlay can replace the vehicle's native system interface with the iOS-based CarPlay interface for specific functions. In the video made by enthusiast blog MotoMan, CarPlay's use of Apple Maps is never invoked (though it can be if desired), relying instead on the car's native maps application, which relies on map info from Google but also works in rural areas where no cellular service is available.
Likewise, the Sonata has compatibility with Siri Eyes Free mode separate from the rest of CarPlay, with drivers invoking Siri by pressing a button on the steering wheel even while using the native car radio system. The video is now available on YouTube, and features a visit to the Alabama factory that makes the 2015 Sonata as well as taking the new Hyundai vehicle for a test drive. The host notes his excitement over the CarPlay technology and says that it is "about to have a huge impact on your life," likening the integration to the first time buyers got their hands on the iPod and the thrill of having one's music library in their pocket.
The car itself is a toned-down but refined version of the previous Sonata, and has been generally well-regarded in major reviews, scoring between eight and nine on a 10-point system. The vehicle is becoming more widely available now, and retails for just over $21,000.