Awards, agreements and upgrades made January a busy month for Hyundai Motor America, connected car-wise.
TechHive and PCWorld both selected the 2015 Hyundai Genesis as one of the top products their editors saw at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and Hyundai’s next-generation Blue Link infotainment system received one of LAPTOP Magazine’s Best of CES 2014 awards.
Verizon Connected Services
Hyundai selected Verizon Enterprise Solutions to provide connected services including safety, security, diagnostics and infotainment to Hyundai vehicles starting in 2014.
“We selected Verizon to provide the wireless network service for ‘Next-generation Blue Link’ because both customer opinion and various data sources indicate that Verizon provides the best solution to our customers for both coverage and quality,” said Woo-Young Kwak, executive vice president, Vehicle IT Service Division/Vehicle IT Development Center, Hyundai Motor Group.
Hyundai also announced plans to embed the SoundHound music and sound recognition app into select Hyundai & Kia vehicles, including the 2015 Genesis. Starting this spring, drivers will be able to identify songs and access SoundHound features directly through their vehicle’s head unit.
Hyundai announced that it is enhancing Blue Link with Google-powered destination search and navigation display; remote start with an engine timer, remote stop, remote climate control, and remote defrost, and automatic collision notification and SOS emergency service with emergency contact notification.
“Customers told us they want Blue Link to work like their smartphone and we’ve worked with Google, Covisint and Station Digital Media to deliver this level of functionality,” said Barry Ratzlaff, executive director, Customer Connect and Service Business Development, Hyundai Motor America. “Blue Link subscribers now have access to Google’s accuracy and massive database when they search for destinations. Plus our engineers have developed a variety of new features aimed at delighting our customers.”’
Genesis Intelligent Assistant
For example, the new Genesis Intelligent Assistant app combines Blue Link features with data from the vehicle, the owner’s smartphone and the Internet with multiple layers of intelligence. The app sends proactive notifications and recommendations to the Genesis owner in preparation for their drive. It can remind owners to start their car remotely on a hot or cold day; provide commute information, including appropriate departure times, and send reminders for upcoming appointments that require a drive.
Hyundai considers the Genesis Intelligent Assistant app to be ”a framework for the future,” so presumably its will soon be available on other Hyundai vehicles.