The system is for now built around a 7-inch screen, and Hyundai says it has optimised Display Audio for enhanced smartphone integration.
So optimised for smartphones, in fact, that it does not even include a CD player as standard equipment. Yes, we’re finally moving away from that decades-old standard. (Although this writer’s in-dash six-disc stacker remains loaded.)
And, as previewed earlier this month, Hyundai’s Display Audio system will be fully compatible with both Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s Carplay platforms, allowing owners’ phones to ‘take over’ the system with their own apps, communications functions and navigation software.
The system will also integrate Hyundai’s Blue Link technology, which allows mobile control of remote start, climate control, remote door lock and unlock, and maintenance alerts.
Display Audio will roll out with US-market models in mid 2015, and we can likely see Australian models launch with the new platform in the following months. Hyundai has yet to confirm specific local timing, however.