According to an industry insider, Hyundai and KIA will be the first auto manufacturers in the world to include an Audio-Video-Navigation (AVN) system based on the Android OS with the all-new KIA Soul and new Hyundai Genesis models that are due to be released before the end of 2013. The new AVN system will also be included in the upcoming Hyundai Sonata, as well as all new cars slated for release next year.
This AVN system will focus on the auto mobile’s ability to connect with smartphones that will be able to access the basic functions and to connect as a media device as well. The AVN should also offer Google’s Send-to-Car feature which allows the user to grab maps from their phone and send them to the car’s navigation system. Whether the system is restricted to accessing apps via the proprietary app store or will be certified for use with Google’s Play Store is still not known. It’s also doubtful as to whether the system will be hacker-friendly for obvious reasons.
It is also said that it may come with the new telematics function that can remotely control the car via the WiFi or modem connection. There are few details about this new feature but it is highly unlikely that this will be possible, due to safety regulations.
Other car manufacturers have previously boasted of iOS connectivity but in my opinion Android based AVN’s are a better option for them instead. What do you think of an Android based navigation system on you car? Let us know in the comments below.
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