2011 CES: Hyundai Blue Link telematics image

Hyundai has announced plans to launch a comprehensive multimedia system in some of its US-spec cars from March this year. Blue Link

Blue Link combines GPS navigation with an entertainment system and Internet connectivity and will allow users to get turn-by-turn navigation, voice- texting and even a provision that allows administrative powers to track the car’s whereabouts. Check this out: you can even remote start and disable your car with a text message. According to the automaker, by 2013 Blue Link telematics is expected to be available on every model in the portfolio.

Blue Link will be offered in three different levels. The basic Blue Link, called Blue Link Assurance will offer automatic crash-notification with help from real operators; an SOS button to contact those very same operators on demand; and enhanced roadside assistance. All of these features are aided by the vehicle’s ability to send its location and other data to the call center, and as with OnStar, that’s done without the use of the driver’s cell phone.

Next level Blue Link, the Blue Link Essentials will provide in addition Speech-to-text capability Remote features like door locking/unlocking and engine starting can be triggered through the app or website

Blue Link will be launching in the spring, first with the Sonata and later with the Veloster.

Below is a full list of features Blue Link offers:

Automatic Crash Notification and Assistance Remote Horn and Lights
SOS Emergency Assistance Remote Vehicle Start
Stolen Vehicle Recovery POI Web Search and Download
Vehicle Immobilization

Quick Tips

POI Search by advanced voice recognition system
Stolen Vehicle Slowdown Recall Advisor
Enhanced Roadside Assistance Monthly Vehicle Report
Alarm Notification Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices
Panic Notification Turn-by-Turn Navigation
Curfew Web Vehicle Diagnostics

Restaurant Ratings

Remote Door Lock/Unlock

Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition


Valet Alert

Speed Alert Weather
Automated DTC Notification Location Sharing
Maintenance Alert Eco-Coach
Voice Text Messaging