Digital bootstrapping: Hyundai releases DIY update kit for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

You can still have it done at the dealership if you're not comfortable upgrading your own car, but there will be an installation fee.

Hyundai DIY Android Auto Installation

It's as easy as accidentally installing a virus on your computer. If you've ever clicked a pop-up, you'd know that means it's pretty damn easy.

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When you think of do-it-yourself auto work, you might imagine someone changing his or her brakes or oil on the driveway, saving a bit of coin in the process. Now that we're well into the digital age, it's about time that DIY work extended into the same realm, and Hyundai's offering it as we speak.

If you own one of several eligible vehicles (requirements are embedded below), you can head over to MyHyundai.com and download the software update to a USB memory stick or the navigation system's SD card. From there, it's as easy as plugging it in and following directions. If you need a little extra help, there are videos available on YouTube to provide more direction.

This builds on an earlier DIY update, which granted certain cars Android Auto smartphone connectivity capabilities. More models are likely to be added to the list of cars, including Sonata Hybrid, Veloster and Azera.

Update time can take different amounts of time, depending on what car you have and what equipment it contains. Download time is anywhere between 15 minutes and 3 hours, but uploading it to the vehicle takes well under an hour. Some vehicles mandate the use of the nav system's SD card, as well. If you want a dealer to do it for you, you'll be charged labor for the entire installation process, which could run you over $100 easily.

Head over to Hyundai's media site if you're interested in learning all the nitty-gritty details.

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Installation might be easy, but figuring out if your car is eligible for the upgrade is a little tougher. Who has time to read a table?!

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