The 2015 Hyundai Genesis will bring not just a new look, but a new infotainment option in the form of Aha Radio integration.
According to the press release from Hyundai, the automaker chose to integrate the Aha Radio service into Genesis to give its U.S. drivers the ability to access over 100,000 music, entertainment and news stations as well as location-based services in an intuitive manner using their connected iPhone. Sorry, Android phone users.
Hyundai Motor America Senior Group Manager of Cross-Carline Product Planning Cason Grover said, “We are delighted to have Aha Radio featured in the 2015 Hyundai Genesis as part of our new infotainment systems. These next-generation systems are much more intuitive for our customers who already use their smartphones to enhance various aspects of their lives. The new infotainment systems in Genesis represent Hyundai’s latest approach to in-vehicle technology and Aha Radio further enhances the Hyundai ownership experience.”
Hyundai Genesis drivers will be able to use Aha Radio to access content including their favorite podcasts, radio stations, audiobooks, Facebook and Twitter feeds, and more. The folks at Harman, parent company of Aha Radio, will surely benefit from the partnership.
Harman Automotive Services President David Slump said, “Our partnership with Hyundai reflects a common goal to create innovative solutions for the connected car that remain intuitive to use for drivers. Aha Radio will not only deliver on demand global audio entertainment in the car, but will also enhance the overall user experience and dashboard interface for the connected Hyundai driver.”
I know the talk in the industry is about automakers choosing to be either iOS or Android-flavored when it comes to infotainment, I have to wonder about Hyundai’s logic in not including Android compatibility. There’s an Aha Android app in the Google Play Store. It’s curious that Hyundai would only list Apple iPhone compatibility in its release. Should we get our hands on a 2015 Hyundai Genesis, I’ll be sure to check this out with my cheap Android smartphone.
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