Category: Technology

Mazda Adds Smartphone Integration Software to Lineup

Mazda launched the all-new-and-improved 2017 CX-5 back in March with tons of awesome new features and upgrades based on customer feedback on previous models, but when the launch happened, Mazda spilled another exciting secret—Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are coming to the brand’s lineup. Smartphone integration software like these two systems has been taking the auto industry by storm, allowing people to interact with a familiar user interface on a touchscreen from the comfort of the driver’s seat.

Mazda didn’t announce when the launch of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto would be happening, but they did drop some potentially very exciting info for drivers who already own Mazda vehicles with the MazdaConnect system—all existing MazdaConnect systems should be able to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto upgrades with minimal hardware installations. That means that if you already have a Mazda model, getting smartphone integration software will be a cinch, so you don’t have to miss out on the latest tech.Smartphone Integration Software in 2017 CX-5

Mazda has been partnered with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto since 2014, so developing smartphone integration software for the lineup has been in the cards for years now. Stay tuned for when news of the systems’ launch date or hardware upgrades becomes available, and get in contact with us here at Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi for more info.




Mazda Aqua-tech Paint Technology Spreading Overseas

MazdaMazda Aqua-tech Paint technology, the lowest-impact auto painting method in the world, has been used exclusively in Mazda’s Ujina Plant No. 1 in Japan since its installation in 2012.

The method, which combines state-of-the-art paint with innovative energy-saving technologies, was recognized last year by the Prime Minister of Japan for its exceptionally low emissions. According to Mazda, Aqua-tech lowers emissions 78% from its previous and already low-impact oil-based paint systems without increasing energy use.

Now, three years after its initial installation in Japan, Mazda is bringing the Aqua-tech system to its production facility in Jiangsu, China. This marks only the second time the system will be used in a facility and the first time it has been installed at an overseas plant.

Mazda cites that Aqua-tech produces the same quality finish as its previous paint system and systems used by other automakers. Mazda is committed to reducing both CO2 and Volatile Organic Compound emissions, and will most likely gradually introduce Aqua-tech to its other plants in Japan and around the world.



Hyundai Ioniq Debut Comes to United States

HyundaiNow you can catch a glimpse of the all-new Hyundai Ioniq. It made its United States premiere at the New York International Auto Show and showed what it has to offer.

This car will begin sales in 2017, offering Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, and Electric model versions. The Ioniq is already making history with these three distinct electrified powertrains on a single vehicle platform.

When you’re behind the wheel of the Ioniq, you’ll get advanced features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as wireless smartphone charging. Plus you get amazing resolution in your 7-inch TFT instrument cluster that displays all of your driver information.

The Ioniq has an amazing, sleek design with aerodynamic features that give it a fluid exterior shape and cut down on wind resistance. The efficiency of the Ioniq is what’s really turning heads. The Ioniq Electric has an estimated 125 MPGe rating and offers ultimate mobility with an estimated driving range of 110 miles.

“Ioniq will attract an entirely new group of eco- and efficiency-oriented buyers in the US market,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai North America.

If you’re interested in all this model has to offer, keep an eye out for when the Hyundai Ioniq debuts at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi!




Hyundai’s Super Bowl Commercials Use Superstar Talent

The Broncos may have won the Super Bowl, but the big winner of the night was Hyundai, at least when it came to commercials! The Hyundai brand released several creative commercials during the big game. Some of these advertisements played off of big celebrities and their larger-than-life attitudes. Here’s an in-depth look on how Hyundai’s Super Bowl commercials used superstar talent.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Interior

2017 Hyundai Elantra Interior

“Ryanville”

Ryan Reynolds is one of the most popular actors in the world…so entering a town populated entirely by copies of Ryan Reynolds would certainly be distracting! That is the premise of Hyundai’s Super Bowl advertisement, which showcases how the brand new Hyundai Elantra helps drivers stay focused on the road, rather than on Ryan Reynolds.

“First Date”

Everyone knows that dads tend to be a little overprotective when dates are involved. However, comedian Kevin Hart takes things to the extreme with this hilarious commercial! Drivers can stay on top of things with the Hyundai Blue Link Car Finder system featured in this advertisement.




New Hyundai Self-Driving Tech to Be Made By the Automaker

Almost every automaker has joined the race toward autonomous, self-driving cars–and Hyundai is no exception. In fact, according to new reports, Hyundai may be developing its own autonomous chips and sensors.

Instead of relying on other companies to create the sensor technology necessary for self-driving vehicles, Hyundai plans to get ahead of the game, which could easily put the brand ahead as one of the first automakers to achieve autonomous driving.

We don’t know the specifics of what Hyundai is planning to develop, but it’s safe to assume that the chips and sensors would monitor potential hazards around Hyundai vehicles, making it a breeze for autonomous cars to avoid collisions.

What potential problems and concerns could arise from the growth of the self-driving car industry has yet to be seen.

Hopefully, we’ll learn more about the Hyundai self-driving tech soon, but in the meantime, we’re stuck actually driving our cars. To explore a Hyundai vehicle–or take one on a test drive–visit us anytime at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.




Hyundai Virtual Guide App Will Be First Augmented Reality Owner’s Manual

2015 Hyundai Sonata

2015 Hyundai Sonata – Available at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi

The Hyundai Virtual Guide app, set to be released later this year, will make Hyundai the first automaker to introduce an owner’s manual with augmented reality. The Virtual Guide app will give drivers access to information on repairs, maintenance, and the vehicle’s features.

At first, the app will only be available with the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, though it will soon become compatible with more vehicles. Any smartphone or tablet user can get the app through the Google Play Store or the iTunes Store. With the ability to track your car and retrieve information on various parts of your car, the Hyundai Virtual Guide will prove extremely useful for maintenance as well as education.

The app contains over 80 how-to videos, recognizes 45 features of the Sonata, has more than 50 informational guides, and lets users scan images of their vehicle to create 3D overlay images. This incredible array of features is aimed at educating drivers on all the things their cars can do and be more accessible for “the growing population of tech-savvy consumers,” as Hyundai puts it.




Mazda Dealership Redesign Offers Upscale Appeal

MazdaMazda has unveiled its new “Retail Evolution” dealership store design at Mazda of Everett in Seattle. The upscale redesign exemplifies the direction the brand is moving, and six dealerships are expected to be finished by the end of 2015, with 75 more stores projected to get the overhaul by the end of 2016.

Mazda’s previous design, “Retail Revolution,” featured an orange and green color palette with industrial metal siding in an effort to appeal to young buyers. According to Automotive News, the new Mazda dealership design will feature bold but sophisticated design elements including a black and white color palette.

“We’re looking at this through a customer lens,” Jim O’Sullivan, CEO of Mazda North American said. “We’re attaining a much more sophisticated customer than we were in the past, and we want to make sure that our retail experience fits with what these customers are looking for.”

Besides a new color scheme, natural materials, and modern décor, the dealerships will also feature high-tech elements. For example, Mazda of Everett boasts a video wall behind the reception desk that is built from nine 55-inch Samsung TVs. The wall streams engaging footage through the course of the day. In addition, free Wi-Fi and charging stations are available.

Here at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi, we expect the Mazda dealership redesign will offer buyers a even greater premium buying experience.




Hyundai Releases DIY Android Auto Installation Instructions

When it comes to in-vehicle technology, Hyundai has often been on the leading edge of development. The brand’s most recent move will only serve to strengthen its reputation.

Technology is becoming more and more advanced every day. Upgrades are a simple fact of life now. With many vehicles out there, it seems you have to drive yours to the dealership to let a technician install new software. In other words, upgrades are relegated to the realm of the “experts.”

Hyundai is putting the power of the upgrade into your hands, however, if you own a 2015 Hyundai Sonata with navigation. The automaker just released DIY Android Auto installation instructions to the masses.

2015 Hyundai Sonata

2015 Hyundai Sonata

Users need to go their MyHyundai portal and register if they haven’t already done so. Navigating the portal and downloading the software onto a USB drive is extremely easy. The user then moves the software from the USB stick to their Sonata via the USB port. Find instructions for DIY Android Auto installation here.

As far as production vehicles are concerned, Hyundai is first automaker to feature Android Auto. Michael Deitz, Senior Group Manager of Connected Care of Hyundai Motor America, said in a press release, “Hyundai is continuing to offer the best user experience possible by leveraging its MyHyundai platform, so customers have the option to update their car–their way.”




Technology Can Help You Stop Texting and Driving

texting while driving

Texting while driving is extremely dangerous. Nine Americans die daily due to distracted driving!

The first step to handling a problem is admitting that you have a problem. Ask yourself… Do you find it impossible to stop texting and driving? You probably already know how dangerous it is but you just can’t stand to be out of the loop. You text and drive despite that fact that nine Americans die every day from distracted driving, according to the CDC.

Although it’s technology that got you into this problem in the first place, technology can help you get out. First of all, your smartphone could have a feature that returns a custom-made message that you can personalize to anyone who texts you while you are driving, explaining that you are driving and can’t properly answer.

There are also a lot of great apps to help you avoid texting and driving. Apps like DriveOff for Android and DriveMode from AT&T can automatically detect when your vehicle is in motion and answers incoming texts with a custom message of your making.

Finally, you may just need to eliminate the temptation altogether. Do recovering alcoholics hang out at bars? Of course not! It may be time to put that phone in the trunk while you are in transit.




Technology Spotlight: Hyundai Blue Link App

2016 Hyundai Tucson

Technology Inside the 2016 Hyundai Tucson

If you’ve ever wanted to start your car with a simple click on your watch or phone, the time has come! The Hyundai Blue Link App paired with the Apple Watch has made the days of remotely starting your car, locking doors, or honking your horn all possible.

Hyundai continues to be one of the biggest leaders in car connectivity and the latest Blue Link update is another step forward.

Frank Ferrara, Executive Vice President of Customer Satisfaction of Hyundai Motor America, said, “Giving customers more ways to connect with their cars is what it is all about. The Blue Link Apple Watch app complements all of our other high-tech features.”

The Blue Link App allows you to connect seamlessly with your Hyundai through smart watches and smart phones to access features like remote start and service information. The app also allows voice commands, in which you just use the microphone to activate the voice function.

The full list of the Blue Link Apple Watch App voice activated features includes:

  • Remote Engine Start/Stop
  • Remote Flash Lights/Honk Horn
  • Remote Door Lock/Unlock
  • Car Finder
  • Vehicle Status
  • Parking Meter

For more information about the new Hyundai Blue Link App, visit us at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.