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Hyundai Blue Link – Click above for image gallery

As part of its quest to match the rest of the industry point-for-point, Hyundai has just announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that it's entering the world of telematics with the introduction of Blue Link, its first foray into the safety and convenience sphere.

Similar to OnStar, Blue Link handles everything you'd expect, specifically directions with turn-by-turn navigation, point-of-interest searches, remote door-locking/unlocking, vehicle health reports, maintenance scheduling, crash notification, remote start and – according to Hyundai – 30 other features at launch. Included is a vehicle slowdown feature to aid police if the vehicle is stolen and a new "geofencing" system that sends a text message to the owner if the vehicle strays outside a prescribed area or route. Little Jimmy will not be pleased.

Hyundai is also touting a new voice-to-text feature that allows drivers to reply to a text message with custom commands rather than canned responses.

Blue Link is set to arrive this spring, initially on the Sonata sedan and a "youth-focused model" (*cough* Veloster *cough*) before the summer, with the system rolling out to every Hyundai by 2013. Hit the jump for the full details.

[Source: Hyundai]
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Hyundai Previews Innovative, Intuitive and Safe Telematics Technology

Hyundai is set to challenge the conventional wisdom in the auto category again in 2011 with the introduction of an all-new telematics platform – Blue Link®. Hyundai's in-vehicle infotainment system makes new, thoughtful features, enhanced ease-of-use and intelligent packaging options more accessible.

More than thirty different features will be available at launch including unique applications such as a maintenance reminder which helps drivers identify and schedule service, an "eco-coach" that improves efficient driving, restaurant ratings and remote door-lock/unlock capabilities. Blue Link's thoughtful features continue with remote start, which allows you to warm or cool your car before driving; geofencing, which can send a text if a driver has ventured outside prescribed boarders; and vehicle slowdown to help police recover a stolen vehicle.

Adding to the industry's most comprehensive suite of new-vehicle protection, Blue Link Assurance includes technologies like automatic crash notification and assistance, SOS and advanced roadside assistance as part of Hyundai Assurance. Hyundai Assurance already offers 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable bumper-to-bumper warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 5-year complimentary Roadside Assistance, and a job-loss vehicle return program.

"Blue Link combines safety, service and infotainment into a complete package that simplifies drivers' lives," said Barry Ratzlaff, director of customer satisfaction and service business development, Hyundai Motor America. "We've studied how drivers rely on smart phones and navigation systems as a link to the outside world. Blue Link brings that connectivity to the car with technology like voice texting and POI download, turn-by-turn navigation, and vehicle health reporting. In typical Hyundai fashion, we've developed package options that are both thoughtful and cost-effective."

Drivers will not have to wait long for the arrival of Blue Link on Hyundai models. Debuting this spring on the popular Sonata sedan, Blue Link will be offered as standard equipment. In addition, Hyundai will announce a second exciting Blue Link-equipped, youth-focused model shortly, which will also be available before summer. Hyundai expects Blue Link to be available across the majority of the lineup by the 2013 model year.

For more details on Blue Link, please visit www.hyundaibluelink.com or visit booth number 1820.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      If they want to attract youths, Hyundai would be better off removing the entire telematics and CD head unit, and just put in an iPhone/iPad dock.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Totally agree! I have a 2006 Sonata and guess what, no jack to even plug in my iPod. Options... trade in for something that does... or an aftermarket head unit. And I really don't like either of those options because I'm frugal!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That surely is the Veloster's center stack
      • 4 Years Ago
      OnStar's aftermarket rearview mirror is GM's answer to Blue Link:

      • 4 Years Ago
      The more interesting part of that picture is the upper right hand corner. Divx? Wonder if it will playback Divx encoded movies on DVDs, OR maybe it has a built in hard drive.

      Either way I am intrigued.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually looking at the bigger version of the picture I would bet money that it has a built in hard drive. That appears to be a single CD, instead of "usual" 6-disc changer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I should have thought about thumb drives, duh! My Genesis coupe reads mp3s now from any usb source.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Need to put this on the Genesis sedan and coupes as well this year. How can you top of the line models not have it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Veloster's partial centerstack has finally revealed!!!!!hahaha
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone else utterly sick of all the "blue", "e", "green", "tec", "eco", etc, names for these types of gadgets? UGH
        • 4 Years Ago
        seriously. they might as well have called it iECOnavi-link green HD presented by hyundai blue technology. blue link could be any generic system made by any generic company.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please say that Kia will get this system too this year... IMO, the Optima >> the Sonata.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The General doesn't offer OnStar in *only* Cadillacs or *only* Chevrolets. So yeah, it would only seem logical for Hyundai to spread the tech to its compadre.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this should be standard on the high end models at launch such as genesis and equus and optional on other models not the other way around.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Genesis Sedan is about to get a refresh so I'm sure that's when they will incorporate the new feature and the Azera is getting completely redesigned for the 2012 year. The Equus was just launched about a month ago so we won't be seeing until maybe late this year for the 2012 models as well
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually... every single Hyundai is equipped with iPod/USB/MP3 and just recently, wireless-bluetooth music streaming connectivity .....
      Flo Crane Bernatt
      • 2 Years Ago
      When I purchased my Sonata it came with BlueLink . But now it is telling me that I have no access to navagation. Does BlueLink have to be renewed with a fee? I thought it was automatically always going to be a part of my Sonata\'s package. If I have to pay for it to be renewed where do I go and how much is it?
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