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[Hyundai] Hyundai & Kia free map updates

Starting a few weeks ago you can now get free system and map updates for Hyundai and Kia vehicles by downloading the update yourself using this official website. I just used this to update the maps on my 2017 Ioniq Electric. The map is dated August 2020.
Last year when I looked into this the price was around $250. Earlier this year the price dropped to $30 and now its free. I did have to purchase a new 32GB SD card as the SD card that came with my car was only 16GB and the updater software warns that is not big enough for the new system update and maps.
I believe 2018 and newer vehicles already had free maps, but I know my Ioniq was not included in this until now.

https://update.hyundai.com/CA/EN
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Thanks for the post. Sadly it seems my Genesis is too old for an online update.
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Can confirm that my 2020 Stinger always qualified for free map updates, but glad to see that it works for others now too
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Damn my 2015 too old

Upvote regardless!!
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Thanks OP. There is an update available of my 2018 Hyundai too bad the stock SD card is only 16 gb and is too small Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Cold Sweat.
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For those who are concerned about card size, may I remind you of a recent post - visions-electronics-9-kingston-microsd- ... 5-2405483/

$12 for 64GB microSD card.

or - https://www.visions.ca/product-detail/4 ... G%2f64GBCR

$10 for 64GB SD card
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I scanned the site but couldn’t find a clear answer: would this work to update the system software or just navigation maps? My Elantra has the touchscreen but no navigation and is listed in the supported vehicles (model and year) but no trim specifics.
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dxxalf wrote: I scanned the site but couldn’t find a clear answer: would this work to update the system software or just navigation maps? My Elantra has the touchscreen but no navigation and is listed in the supported vehicles (model and year) but no trim specifics.
Maps only.
no system update, for that you need to ask dealer ( if update is available)
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hovercraft wrote: Thanks for the post. Sadly it seems my Genesis is too old for an online update.
time for a new genesis!

or a Hyundai Palisade.
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dxxalf wrote: I scanned the site but couldn’t find a clear answer: would this work to update the system software or just navigation maps? My Elantra has the touchscreen but no navigation and is listed in the supported vehicles (model and year) but no trim specifics.
unless you're at the sports trim, i dont think any trims lower than that have the SD slot right below the middle console air vents for this to work,.
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wearysky wrote: Can confirm that my 2020 Stinger always qualified for free map updates, but glad to see that it works for others now too
I did the full update on my Stinger a few weeks ago. Was brutally slow, like 20 minutes, but overall pretty easy.
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Keigotw wrote: Maps only.
no system update, for that you need to ask dealer ( if update is available)
are you sure? i know when you purchased the SD card from their provider it was said to include the system update with it...
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When I installed my update it included a system update that had to install before the new maps could install. The system menus changed a little. The music mp3 player changed the layout of some screens and the warning when you turn on the car is longer now. The maps also look different, not just updated.
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They used to give 5 years free update for new vehicle purchases. The update software was really clunky and took an extremely long time. There were vehicle and nav unit verification steps along the way that made it feel like they were way more concerned with you stealing the update than a reasonable user experience. Looks like they updated the soft ware and are now giving it free to everyone with a vehicle less than 5 years old. Kudos to Hyundai.

As someone who had to use the old update software, I can attest that this one is way easier and faster. Funny thing is they sent me a survey last year and I ripped them about the Windows 3.1 style updater and the crazy security verifications. Told them they should give it away and make it up on charging for POIs or else apple car play and android auto will make them irrelevant even faster. These things are mostly redundant now with waze and google maps, except if you travel through an area without data or have to pay roaming charges.
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coolangattic wrote: When I installed my update it included a system update that had to install before the new maps could install. The system menus changed a little. The music mp3 player changed the layout of some screens and the warning when you turn on the car is longer now. The maps also look different, not just updated.
actually when you're running the software on your computer to install it onto the SD, it says "map and software update".
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Fathamsta wrote: time for a new genesis!

or a Hyundai Palisade.
Off topic but.... ever consider the Kona?
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virtus wrote: These things are mostly redundant now with waze and google maps, except if you travel through an area without data or have to pay roaming charges.
So true. The only time I used the OEM Nav was when I crossed into the US. Even then in Google maps you can pre download the area you plan on going to and run it offline.
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KenAdams wrote: Off topic but.... ever consider the Kona?
sat in one & its a weee too small. Would do a Tuscon than a kona but thats just me.
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virtus wrote: They used to give 5 years free update for new vehicle purchases. The update software was really clunky and took an extremely long time. There were vehicle and nav unit verification steps along the way that made it feel like they were way more concerned with you stealing the update than a reasonable user experience. Looks like they updated the soft ware and are now giving it free to everyone with a vehicle less than 5 years old. Kudos to Hyundai.

As someone who had to use the old update software, I can attest that this one is way easier and faster. Funny thing is they sent me a survey last year and I ripped them about the Windows 3.1 style updater and the crazy security verifications. Told them they should give it away and make it up on charging for POIs or else apple car play and android auto will make them irrelevant even faster. These things are mostly redundant now with waze and google maps, except if you travel through an area without data or have to pay roaming charges.
You can pre-download google maps now on a bunch of areas you know you are going to be in. And wifi is everywhere if you end up in an area you didn't plan and need to download for offline use.

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