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Hyundai introduces Blue Link technology

Features include remote vehicle start, emergency assistance and navigation.

BY LAUREN GIUDICEPublished: January 12, 2011 08:19 AM

Starting later this year, Fountain Valley-based Hyundai’s Sonata and Veloster three-door coupe models will offer Blue Link technology, which features more than 30 functions and safety services, including navigation, remote door locking and unlocking – even restaurant ratings.

Blue Link eventually will be offered in all models, with a free introductory period.

With this technology, drivers can heat or cool the car before driving by using a remote vehicle start. A text message alert can be sent to a customer if the car goes beyond a certain region or time constraint. Blue Link also has stolen vehicle slowdown capabilities.

Safety offerings include automatic crash notification and assistance, SOS emergency assistance and enhanced roadside assistance.

“Blue Link combines safety, service and infotainment into a complete package that works to both help simplify Hyundai owners’ lives and reduce distracted driving,” said Barry Ratzlaff, Hyundai Motor America’s director of customer satisfaction and service business development. “We’ve carefully studied how drivers rely on smart phones and navigation systems as an innovative link to the outside world. Blue Link brings that seamless connectivity directly into the car with technology like voice text messaging, POI Web search download, turn-by-turn navigation and monthly vehicle reporting.”

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