Cooley On Cars
Road to the Future: Android Auto launchesAndroid Auto is here and Brian Cooley tells you why you should care.
[MUSIC] Well, here I am in my car with my Android phone, and that combination normally [UNKNOWN] some hodge podge bluetooth connection for streaming and calling some contacts transfer, some variable basket of apps with different interfaces, and this thing clipped on the windshield or, worse, juggled in my hand. Here's how we go into the future. [MUSIC] This new Sonata has the first production roll out. Of Android auto, an affordable car. It all starts down here. You cable your Android phone, into the system, as if you were gonna charge it, let's say. Not wireless right now. Then you lose the phone. Look up here on the dash. That icon just changed to Android Auto. When you press that, you're about to enter the world of your phone, but on the dash. For example, right here your home screen, if you will, is kind of a Google Now look. Things you've done or looked at recently are relevant to where you are right now. Your round Home button, you recognize that from your phone. Your Phone icon, your Nav icon, Here's music and here's a return to main screen. You get over here to navigation, you recognize that interface. That's Google maps, your Google search box and this is live and connected through your phone plus the voice command to do that beautiful freeform search that we love. That goes for the steering wheel. AT&T Park, San Fransisco. Here is AT&T Park. And of course the routing and traffic calculations. Same ones you have on your phone but notice, it's not literally taking the whole screen and putting it there. Its artfully translating it to the automotive experience. Limiting it to these main hits of apps. Calling is very straightforward. Again, touch to call. [NOISE] Nice big clear button interfaces as well to get things done on the touchscreen. Over here under Music, Music. It goes to your last streaming source from several on your phone. And if you want to get to other choices, it's gonna dropdown next to it. Here are some music services, with more to come. Now if you were listening to, say, radio before yo hit Android auto, it respects that and doesn't force you to suddenly switch to streaming. Customers have told us that's what they want, so they want the phone experience. That's where their life is in a lot of ways. Their music, their calendar, the places they wanna go, it's in their phones. So they bring that into the car and they bring it in a way that minimizes driver distraction. The beauty of this is that it lets you live with your phone the same way in the car as you do outside the car. Okay, so you're initial takeaway on this is how consistent it is with the experience on your phone, how it strips away things that aren't essential to driving. You basically get, what? The big three here on the screen, important from Andriod. Also your interface is rock solid. You've got a bigger screen, mounted, good touch response and integration [UNKNOWN] to the voice command on the wheel [UNKNOWN] the voice command is still handled by Google and The Cloud, not by a car system. Now, specific to this car, the cost will be nothing. If you've got a 15 or one of the pending 16 Sonata's, this is a free retro grade, or upgrade. Now that free upgrade has to be done at the dealer right now but later this summer Hyundai says they'll make a download available at myhundai.com and that it will be simple enough that you won't have to fear breaking your ride. It takes a little bit of time. It re-flashes the head unit. You basically plug it in and you do nothing until you remove it when it's done, and it will tell you it's done. Really almost no interaction. Motor vehicle. Other cars will follow later within their lineup. The other thing is, you don't lose the other Hyundai features, not in this car. If you already have nav. in the vehicle, you get back your "Places" icon, and you can drop back down to Hyundai navigation. All the Hyundai media, The Hyundai radio choices. So, this is a dual stack strategy. Later on, Hyundai will have something called a display audio system, where they're gonna strip out navigation and a few other bells and whistles, and you get a lot of the Google goodness in there, as a primary function, not an added function. [MUSIC]. And one of the most interesting things about this is that it may signal the beginning of car makers- Admitting to some degree that they don't do mobile as well as the mobile companies. It would be essentially impossible for us to keep with every [UNKNOWN] option out there. So by letting Google handle that we're able to bring a variety of apps into the car and meet the customer's Now, the other shoe to drop soon is car play, which does basically the same things in the same way. But on your iPhone. Hyundai has that coming in early 2016. And the day after Hyundai put Android Auto in show rooms, Chevy announced virtually all its 2016 will offer Android Auto and Apple Car Play. By 2020, it's expected that 40 million cars will be running Android Auto. And nearly that many CarPlay according to a recent estimate by IHS Automotive. So here is our first taste of the new Vanguard. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, together they are a massively important story of moguls becoming consistent in the dash and finally here hitting the market at a very affordable price point. [MUSIC]