Early this year, at the CES 2017 in las Vegas, Hyundai announced its plan to introduce a new technology that allows its customers to control various functions of their vehicle with simple voice commands. Connecting the brand’s Blue Link telematics service with the Google Home, this technology would let Hyundai owners lock, unlock and start their vehicles using voice commands given from inside their home. Now, the Korean carmaker is debuting the Blue Link Agent for the Google Assistant in its 2018 models.
Hyundai Motor America announced that it will roll out standard services for Blue Link with the launch of the 2018 Elantra GT, Santa Fe Sport and redesigned 2018 Sonata models, the latter of which was shown at the New York International Auto Show this week. It will also be seen in the 2017 Ioniq models. In addition, Hyundai has also added Climate Control feature to Blue Link to include control of the rear defroster and heated side mirrors for 2018 Elantra GT and Sonata.
“Remote start has always been our most popular remote service,” says Manish Mehrotra, director, digital business planning and connected operations, Hyundai Motor America. “Hyundai owners request more than one million remote starts a month during the winter and perform more than a million remote locks annually. Our customers love to be connected, so improving their value and overall experience at no additional cost maintains our commitment to do better.”
Blue Link safety and security features will also include Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency Assistance and Stolen Vehicle Recovery as standard. For American motorists this will immediate access to the Blue Link Emergency Response Center in the event of an accident, faster connection to emergency services and year-long 24x7 access to emergency assistance via the dedicated SOS button. It can also apparently assist the police in locating and recovering a stolen car.