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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.




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.




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.