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Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00

Hyundai Debuts Display Audio System at 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

Hyundai showed off a new Display Audio system with no CD player or embedded navigation system at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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.

Display Audio launches on select 2016 Hyundai models and the company will eventually bring the new infotainment system to all of its entry-level models. The new system combines phone-based connectivity technologies with Blue Link, which provides features 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."

The Display Audio system brings smartphone integrations into Hyundai vehicles using a 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.

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