Hyundai Blue Link Anti-Theft System
Korean auto maker Hyundai announced a new “telematics service” called Blue Link. It offers emergency assistance, vehicle location sharing to select family and friends, and even a Foursquare-type location service through Facebook. The system can share the car’s location on an owner’s Facebook page.
Hyundai did not provide complete operational details, though Blue Link appears to include a smartphone app, in-car hardware component, call center and integration with the car’s navigation system. Blue Link can also detect airbag deployment and send the car’s location to 911 operators. A driver can also contact the call center by pressing a SOS button. A separate button summons roadside assistance. The smartphone app lets owners remotely unlock or lock the doors, flash the lights, and start the car.
Blue Link offers parental controls, such as the capability to set up a “geo-fence.” If the vehicle leaves a proscribed area, the owner will receive a text. They can set speed alerts, along with a “slow down” if the vehicle is stolen, or immobilize the engine all together.
Hyundai outlines a number of travel services, such as traffic conditions, turn-by-turn navigation, restaurant ratings, and gas prices. For gas prices, Hyundai says the results of a search are read out by an automated voice system, and a particular gas station address can be sent to the navigation system.
Blue Link will also allow drivers can go through voice command menus at a call center to find out useful information.
Blue Link launches in 2011 on the Sonata, followed by the all-new Velostar, and through the entire line-up by 2014.
You can check out the Sonata today at Smart Hyundai of Davenport.