His cars $1, 500 in-dash navigation system is riddled with menus so complex and unintuitive they should require a pilots license. Lately, he has taken to driving around with his smartphone in his lap instead. GoogleGOOG-0.44%Maps and Waze are easier and more up-to-date and accurate than his fancy system, he tells me.
Starting this week, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata will be the first car to include Google’s new in-car software. When you plug your Android smartphone into the car’s USB port, the vehicle’s center screen is taken over by an interface with your phone’s maps, music and other street-legal features.
Apple’s CarPlay, hitting mainstream cars this year, does something similar for iPhone users.