The South Korean people from Hyundai released full details on the new Blue Link infotainment system alongside pricing. The new in-car system is scheduled to officially debut with the 2012 Sonata and three-door Veloster this year while starting 2013, almost all the model adopting the Blue Link system which offers more features than you thought.
To be more precise, Hyundai announced that the Blue Link platform offer more than 30 unique features including connectivity and safety services. It comes with three packages, namely Assurance, Essentials and Guidance, starting at $79 and topping with $279.
The entry-level version, Blue Link Assurance, comes with Automatic Collision Notification and Assistance which provides assistance when an accident occurs. This system will warn the response center that an accident happened, a voice communication being immediately established in order to collect critical information about the accident and inform the emergency services.
The Enhanced Roadside Assistance feature provides an easier communication with the Roadside Assistance by pressing a single button. Of course, this system is useful when the vehicle encounters problems and you need to contact the special services in this regard. SOS Emergency Assistance is another handy system which let you contact the emergency services by pressing a single dedicated button. After you press the button, information about the vehicle such as its location will be automatically transmitted to the specialists.
The more expensive Essentials package provides extra features such as Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Remote Vehicle Start and Remote Horn and Lights, systems that can be more easily accessed by a mobile phone application or owner’s website. Quick Tips and Voice Text Messaging are other driver assistance features that will provide details and tips about the location of the vehicle but also will enable hands-free text messaging using the Agent-Assisted Voice Recognition. Few hours after releasing these details, the South Koreans announced that the Blue Link system earned two distinctions, “Best Cloud-Based In-Car Application” and “Industry Newcomer”.
“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, director of customer satisfaction and service business development, Hyundai Motor America.
|Blue Link Package||One-Year
|Assurance & Essentials||$179||$315||$448|
|Assurance, Essentials & Guidance||$279||$491||$699|