Hyundai Steps Up Telematics Push

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Novi, Mich. - Hyundai will step up competition with the mobile electronics aftermarket beginning mid-June when it begins to roll out its

Blue Link telematics services

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The Blue Link features include remote door locking from a smartphone app, stolen-vehicle recovery service, traffic-reporting service and voice-activated points-of-interest search.

Remote starting from a smartphone app will be added at a later date.

Other features include stolen-vehicle slowdown and engine immobilization, location sharing with social networks, automatic crash notification, emergency button to summon help, voice-enabled text messaging, and turn-by-turn navigation with audible and visual prompts in vehicles that do not have onboard navigation systems.

Blue Link will debut mid-June on the 2012 Sonata sedan and, in the fall, in the youth-oriented Veloster coupe. Hyundai said it expects Blue Link to be available in the majority of its U.S. lineup by 2013.

 Three services packages will be offered with one-, two- and three-year service agreements. With one-year agreement, the packages will range in price from $79 to $279. Packages with three-year agreements will range in price from $198 to $699 for all three years combined. Blue Link services will be standard on all Blue Link-equipped models for a free trial period of six months for the base package and for three months for the two step-up packages.

Other features include Geo-Fence, which sends a notification if a vehicle is driven outside prescribed borders or time periods. Alerts are sent via email, text or automated phone message.

 A dedicated SOS button is available to alert response coordinators who help coordinate emergency assistance. A single button press also summons roadside assistance through a response center. Remote door locking/unlocking and horn honking/light flashing can be controlled from smartphone app, toll-free number or personal website. Remote starting would also be enabled through these three methods.

A speed-alert feature notifies subscribers via email, text message or automated phone message when their vehicle exceeds a specified speed threshold. And a valet alert sends a text or phone-message alerts if a valet driver takes a customer's vehicle beyond a prescribed region.

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