Hyundai has recently announced that they have partnered with Google to bring Google Maps application programming interfaces (API) in their Blue Link telematics platform. This will allows Google’s Send-to-car technology to send maps, points of interests and directions directly from your smartphone to your car’s navigation system.
Blue Link is a navigation system of Hyundai that connects using a mobile device that primarily gets the latest information on traffic. The company revealed that the newly revised platform will be revealed at CES starting January 8. There’s going to be more than 30 features added that will concentrate on safety, service and infotainment applications. One example of a new feature is the ability to lock and unlock your vehicle using only your smartphone device.
“Google is a leader and innovator in search, content and technology, offering incredible tools. Blue Link makes it easy for our owners to find and navigate to their destinations. The integration of Google Maps APIs makes Blue Link even more effective.” said Barry Ratzlaff, director of Customer Connect at Hyundai Motor America.
Google through Tarun Bhatnagar, head of enterprise Geo, said that “We’re always looking for ways to make it easier for people to discover more relevant information to help them make informed choices — whether that’s where to go for a coffee, or where to take dry cleaning. It’s great to see that more drivers now have access to fresh, web-based content while on the go with the Hyundai Blue Link Google Maps integration.”
Expect to see this new feature in Hyundai’s vehicle line-up for 2013.
In other related news Kia also announced that they too will be using Google Maps application programing interfaces in their UVO eServices connected vehicle platforms. This will start with the 2014 Kia Sorrento and 2014 Forte. A feature similar to Blue Link will also be implemented however the company has not revealed any detailed information yet about this.