HYUNDAI LAUNCHES ALL-NEW BLUE LINK® MOBILE APPLICATION - INDUSTRY
LEADING FEATURES AND UNMATCHED FUNCTIONALITY
Blue Link® Mobile Application Offers Refreshed User Interface and New
COSTA MESA, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/
- Hyundai Motor America this
week introduced an all-new mobile application for the
Hyundai-developed Blue Link® telematics platform. The mobile app
allows subscribers to remotely access various Blue Link® features and
services through compatible mobile devices. Completely redesigned from
the ground up, the app has been significantly enhanced from the
previous version and boasts a new user experience, faster navigation
and innovative new features. Google Android and Apple iOS users can
download the app today from Google Play or Apple iTunes, respectively.
A Blackberry version is also in development.
Blue Link® Mobile App Highlights
- Completely redesigned interface and navigation
- Swipe gestures allow quick access to core features
- Remotely access many Blue Link® features found on MyHyundai.com
- Manage multiple Blue Link-enrolled vehicles
- Remotely control vehicle functions: Door lock/unlock, horn &
lights, lights-only and remote vehicle start (not available on all
- Search, save and send POIs to vehicles for in-car navigation
- Innovative new features: car finder, parking meter/timer and vehicle
- Remotely manage Blue Link alerts and notifications
Blue Link is an innovative telematics solution from Hyundai that
combines safety, service and infotainment into a complete package.
Blue Link is powered by Agero's next-generation telematics platform,
which offers a flexible architecture that supports multi-modal
interfaces for vehicle owners. "This improved app demonstrates
one of Agero's core capabilities: developing customized user
experience interfaces, from end to end, on behalf of our automotive
OEM clients," said Tom Metzger, senior vice president of Global
Sales & Account Management (Connected Vehicle Services) at Agero.
"In addition to increasing the Blue Link app's capabilities, we
made it more intuitive for users, while also extending the unique
Hyundai brand experience to vehicle owners."
The refreshed app is part of a series of enhancements planned around
Blue Link, including a re-designed Blue Link section on
HyundaiNews.com and 12 all-new instructional videos designed to
familiarize viewers with Blue Link features. The videos, which feature
actual Hyundai employees, can be seen on Hyundai's YouTube channel,
HyundaiBlueLink.com or in a dedicated section on HyundaiNews.com.
Hyundai offers a complimentary trial period for Blue Link-equipped
vehicles. Customers opting-in for a no obligation auto-renewal can
receive up to one year of Blue Link Assurance and 6 months of Blue
Link Essentials and Guidance with access to the Blue Link app and its
INTUITIVE INTERFACE DESIGN
Customer feedback and real-world usability testing played a key role
in the development of the all-new Blue Link® mobile app. "We
looked at how our customers use their Smartphones to enhance various
aspects of their lives," said Michael Deitz, senior group
manager, Blue Link. "We wanted to design an app that allows them
to enhance their Hyundai ownership experience through Blue Link."
Navigation elements are designed to reduce the steps needed to access
Blue Link® features and services by leveraging familiar Smartphone
touch commands. A new swipe carousel allows users to quickly access
core features without needing to take several steps. Shortcut buttons
allow one-touch access to vehicle diagnostics and POIs while the main
menu allows one-finger access to all features within the application.
REMOTE ACCESS FEATURES
Blue Link® Essentials subscribers can access a number of key vehicle
functions remotely from the mobile application without the need to be
in the proximity of the vehicle. Remote Door Lock or unlock allows for
remote control and convenience from virtually anywhere. Remote Horn
& Lights allows the subscriber to remotely activate the horn and
lights. Remote Lights allows subscriber to remotely activate the
vehicle lights only. Remote Vehicle Start, which has been expanded to
include more Hyundai models, allows the subscriber to remotely start
their vehicle, an especially convenient feature in cold states during
winter months. Vehicles equipped with push-button start and automatic
or dual-clutch transmissions are supported for Remote Vehicle Start.
For added security, all remote access features require the vehicle PIN
to be entered prior to the command being sent.
ENHANCED POI FUNCTIONALITY
The all-new Blue Link® mobile app includes new useful POI (Point of
Interest) features that will come in handy for Blue Link® Guidance
subscribers. Included is the ability to search POIs using the
Smartphone's on-screen keyboard by entering the name, city, state
and/or zip. Searches can be done using the Smartphone's built-in
location service or by manually specifying the location. POIs then can
be saved to the phone for quick access. Subscribers also have the
ability to send the POI directly to their Hyundai vehicle or by email
to a friend through the application. POIs sent to the vehicle also may
be saved for later use via the POI History function. Blue
Link®-equipped vehicles are not required to have a touch-screen
navigation system to take advantage of Guidance features. Vehicles not
equipped with touch-screen navigation will display navigation
information on the standard vehicle audio screen using Blue Link's
POCKET-SIZED PEACE OF MIND
Blue Link® subscribers can rest assured knowing that trained
specialists are available 24/7 to help when needed most. Taking it one
step further, the mobile application includes speed dial buttons to
contact Roadside Assistance and Blue Link. A Vehicle Diagnostics
screen provides access to critical maintenance information and the
ability to view their Monthly Vehicle Report. Essentials subscribers
can easily schedule a service appointment with their preferred dealer
without making a phone call. Blue Link® alerts also can be toggled
remotely from the application without visiting MyHyundai.com.
INNOVATIVE NEW FEATURES
In typical Hyundai fashion, Blue Link aims to set the standard for
vehicle telematics through its innovative features and exceptional
value. A variety of unique features have been included in the Blue
Link® mobile app. Users can be a step ahead of Parking Enforcement via
the built-in Parking Meter/Timer function. Car Finder allows
Essentials subscribers to either search for their vehicle if they are
within a 1-mile radius of their vehicle or save its location, useful
when needing to recall a specific location of their vehicle.
BLUE LINK® PACKAGES
Blue Link Assurance package:
Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance – Provides
immediate assistance when an accident occurs and an airbag is
deployed. In this event, an ACN signal, containing customer and
location information, will automatically be transmitted to the
response center. Upon receipt of the signal, a response specialist
will attempt to establish voice communications with the vehicle
occupants and forward any pertinent information to emergency
SOS Emergency Assistance – Customers request emergency 911 assistance
by pressing the dedicated SOS button in the vehicle. This action
transmits vehicle information and location to specially-trained
response specialists, who assist in coordinating the dispatch of
appropriate emergency assistance to the customer. The response
specialist remains on the line with the customer until advised
assistance has arrived.
Enhanced Roadside Assistance – Enables customers to utilize their
Hyundai Assurance 24/7 Roadside Assistance via a single in-vehicle
button-press. With Blue Link, vehicle information (including location)
is automatically transmitted to a response center, enabling the
specialist to dispatch assistance more quickly and efficiently for
vehicle assistance and retrieval.
Blue Link Essentials package:
Remote Door Lock/Unlock - Enables locking or unlocking vehicle doors
via a toll-free number, owner's website, or mobile phone application.
Remote Horn and Lights - Enables activating the horn and/or lights via
a toll-free number, owner's website, or mobile phone application.
Panic Notification – Notifies customers when the panic button on their
vehicle key fob has been activated, signifying when a family member or
other vehicle occupant may be in danger. Notifications are configured
online and occur via email or text message.
Remote Vehicle Start – Enables customers to start the vehicle via
owner's website or toll-free number, or mobile phone application.
Car Finder – (Exclusively available via mobile app) Allows you to find
your vehicle on a map if you are within a 1-mile radius of your
vehicle and gives you the ability to save your vehicles location for
Alarm Notification – Notifies customers when and where the vehicle
alert is activated via a text message, email or an automated phone
Quick Tips – Provides quick reference assistance for primary vehicle
feature location and function.
Location Sharing – Enables sending vehicle location to select friends
and members of social networking sites, including Facebook – directly
from the vehicle.
Voice Text Messaging – Enables hands-free outgoing text messaging to
SMS text recipients allowing for distraction-free driving experience.
Vehicle Self Diagnostics:
Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification – Provides explanation
and repair assistance using vehicle data and off-board diagnosis
capabilities to better inform the customer of vehicle trouble alerts.
A combination of in-vehicle display alerts and guided voice messages
provides customers with additional instructions (information also sent
to the customer's preferred dealer to assist with the repair
Maintenance Alert – Notifies customers in vehicle as well as via
website, email or SMS message that an upcoming service is due at
various thresholds leading up to the event. Configured online, the
alerts explain what is included in particular maintenance intervals.
Recall Advisor – Provides all pertinent recall information should a
recall be initiated.
Web Vehicle Diagnostics – Provides a report of vehicle diagnostics,
eco-coach performance and other important information in a monthly
email report and web page update, starting 30 days after registering
with the Blue Link service.
Stolen Vehicle Recovery – In the event a customer's vehicle is
reported stolen (and a stolen vehicle report has been filed with the
appropriate police department), the response center can provide
assistance to the police in an attempt to recover the vehicle.
Stolen Vehicle Slowdown – Used with Stolen Vehicle Recovery, this
enables law enforcement to gradually reduce the engine power of the
vehicle, thus slowing it down to safe levels. A warning will be
transmitted to the driver prior to the slowdown procedure.
Vehicle Immobilization – Used with Stolen Vehicle Recovery, this
enables law enforcement to send a signal to the vehicle which
immobilizes the engine management system, thus preventing startup.
This capability is only valid when the ignition is off, but the
command can be saved by the engine ECU for later immobilization if the
vehicle is on or in motion at the time of signal transmission.
Valet Alert – Enables alert via email, text message or automated phone
message when the customer's vehicle moves beyond a prescribed distance
threshold after leaving the vehicle with the valet.
Geofence – Enables monitoring vehicle movement in and out of
pre-defined regions configured on the owner's website. When the
vehicle enters or leaves a designated region, the customer is notified
by email, text message or automated phone message.
Speed Alert – Notifies the customer via email, text message or
automated phone message when their vehicle exceeds the specified speed
threshold established on the owner's website. High value for parents
of teen drivers and fleet customers.
Curfew Alert - Notifies owners if the vehicle is being used outside a
pre-determined time interval. Alerts are configured online and sent
via email, text message and/or automated phone message.
Blue Link Guidance package:
TBT (Turn-by-turn) Navigation Service Turn-by-turn navigation guidance
provided for downloaded Points of Interest. Both visual and audio
guidance is provided.
POI Web Search by advanced voice recognition system and download –
Enables Point-of-Interest searches using an automated voice system.
Results can be downloaded to the vehicle navigation system. Live
operators provide additional support, if needed.
Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition – Enables customers to
pre-define several routes to a common destination and receive a
regularly-scheduled traffic alerts for traffic delays along those
routes. Results include flow and incident data, along with
"Fastest Route" recommendation.
Traffic – Provides traffic information surrounding the customer's
vehicle and in the nearby area, based on preferences established using
the owner's website.
Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices – Locates the nearest gas
stations by price and provides brand and regular unleaded fuel price.
Results are played back via automated voice, and can be downloaded to
the vehicle's navigation system.
Eco-Coach – Tracks the customer's driving performance habits (MPG and
CO2 emissions) on a continual and historical basis. Results and
environmentally responsible driving recommendations are provided on
the owner's website.
Restaurant Ratings – Provides restaurant ratings for local restaurants
with address download for turn-by-turn navigation or onboard
Weather – Provides weather forecasts for the immediate area or for
customer-defined locations within the owner website.
More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at
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