Hyundai integrates Google Maps features into its cars
By C.C. Weiss
January 2, 2013
The seamless vehicle technology previewed by the Connectivity Concept may take a few years to become reality, but Hyundai's in-vehicle tech is getting incrementally more advanced. The Korean automaker announced today that it will integrate Google Maps application programming interfaces (APIs) into its U.S.-based Blue Link infotainment systems, underpinning a smoother navigational experience for drivers.
"Blue Link makes it easy for our owners to find and navigate to their destinations," said Barry Ratzlaff, director of Customer Connect at Hyundai Motor America, in a press release. "The integration of Google Maps APIs makes Blue Link even more effective."
By leveraging Google's APIs, Hyundai will be able to offer new and enhanced features in vehicles equipped with Blue Link. These features include "Send to Car," which allows users to quickly send a destination to Blue Link from a computer or mobile device, along with Local Search by Voice and Point of Interest Search. Blue Link will gain access to Google's continuously updated "Places" database.
Hyundai launched the Blue Link system in 2011. The infotainment system currently supports more than 30 applications, including roadside emergency assistance, remote start, voice-based destination search and voice text messaging.
Hyundai will showcase Blue Link's latest features at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.
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