Hyundai’s Blue Link tech now powered by Google image

Hyundai Motor America launched its enhanced Blue Link in-vehicle telematics platform, secured and integrated by Covisint, during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show.

The next-generation Blue Link system features a destination search powered by Google, a Genesis Intelligent Assistant app and a Google Glass app. All these launch on the new 2015 Genesis sedan, which goes on sale in the Spring. Hyundai also used the event to debut its latest infotainment system premiering in the 2015 Genesis sedan.

“Customers told us they want Blue Link to work like their smartphone and we’ve worked with Google, Covisint and Station Digital Media to deliver this level of functionality,” said Barry Ratzlaff, executive director, Customer Connect and Service Business Development, Hyundai Motor America. “Blue Link subscribers now have access to Google’s accuracy and massive database when they search for destinations. Plus our engineers have developed a variety of new features aimed at delighting our customers.”

The destination search will work via the Blue Link button and display in the car, or the Blue Link mobile app and My Hyundai website, to send a chosen destination to the car. Other Blue Link upgrades will include remote controls for starting and stopping the car, and also for climate control. Also, an Automatic Collision Notification feature and SOS Emergency Assistance will automatically send alerts to contacts you select if your car is detected to have been in an accident.

The Genesis Intelligent Assistant app will take in data from your smartphone and other sources and send proactive reminders for useful drive tasks.

Hyundai worked with technology providers Covisint and Station Digital Media to develop the Google Glass app. The Google Glass Blue Link app will let Glass users connect with Blue Link’s primary functions, from remote stop/start through safety and infotainment, through what Hyundai calls “a special experience created specifically for the new wearable technology.”