Hyundai revealed today its all-new Blue Link telematics platform, its new infotainment system which promises to make and intelligent packaging options more accessible.
The Korean manufacturer promises more than thirty different features when the system will be officially launched and we have to mention a maintenance reminder which helps drivers identify and schedule service, an "eco-coach" that improves efficient driving, restaurant ratings and remote door-lock/unlock capabilities.
Moreover, the BlueLink system will also offer features such as remote start, geofencing (capable to send a text if a driver has ventured outside prescribed boarders) as well as vehicle slowdown in order to help the police to recover a stolen vehicle.
Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics platform will have its much-awaited debut on the Hyundai Sonata sedan later this year. It will be then featured in a youth-focused coupe model that will be launched in 2011. Hyundai expects the Blue Link telematics to be featured on majority of its vehicle lineup by the 2013 model year.
As part of the launch of this telematics platform, Hyundai vehicles equipped with Blue Link will be provided with Blue Link Assurance, which includes key safety services for an introductory period. These key safety services include Automatic Crash Notification (ACN) and Assistance and SOS Emergency Assistance as well as Enhanced Roadside Assistance.
Following the introductory period, these and other services could be extended if desired. Hyundai will announce the subscription fees for the Blue Link package subscription fees this spring. Blue Link Assurance is a perfect complement to Hyundai Assurance, which offers a five-year/60,000-mile fully transferable bumper-to-bumper warranty as well as Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Hyundai Assurance also offers a five-year complimentary Roadside Assistance as well as the Buyer Protection vehicle return program. Barry Ratzlaff, director of customer satisfaction and service business development at Hyundai Motor America, quipped that Blue Link is a complete package that combines safety, service and infotainment – all working to help simplify the lives of Hyundai vehicle owners while reducing distracted driving.
He said that the South Korean carmaker carefully studied the reliance of drivers on smart phones and navigation systems as a connection to the outside world. Ratzlaff added Blue Link allows the realization of that seamless connectivity by employing technologies like voice text messaging, turn-by-turn navigation, POI web search download and monthly vehicle reporting.
He noted that Hyundai’s agent-assisted advanced voice recognition system offers a modern solution to performing POI searches even inside a vehicle, thereby allowing the carmaker to deliver fast yet accurate searches and downloads of POIs to vehicles sans costs related to traditional operator-only type systems.