Hyundai’s next-gen nav system with Bluetooth audio streaming

Autoblog has taken an in-depth look at a prototype of Hyundai’s next generation navigation system  that will be launched on the Genesis Coupe later this summer.

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The new system is actually built on the bones of the current nav employed in other Hyundai products, but it sports a new interface and a brace of new features including Bluetooth phone and streaming audio capability.

Given that this is a new system, we couldn’t help but ask why the Korean automaker declined to add hard-drive-based storage capability for users to rip their music libraries to the car’s audio system, as there is with other systems coming on the market (think: Chrysler U-Connect). Hyundai’s answer was twofold, in effect posing the question as to whether such an addition was really a benefit or a redundancy, as most owners have their music already stored on their MP3 players and/or their mobile phones (both of which the AVN accomodates). The second point was that hard drives have durability issues in a mobile environment, where temperatures vary, shocks and jolts are a way of life, and so on.

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