Hyundai Motor Corporation has announced that they will be integrating the Google Maps API to their in-car navigation systems. With the deployment of this API, users will now be able to send maps, routes, POIs and predefined directions on Maps from their phone to the car, using the Send2Car feature. Hyundai is sharing the same feature with KIA, and will be a part of the UVO telematics system that comes on KIA cars. Hyundai says that they will show-off this feature at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. Initially, cars sold in the United States of America will get this feature, with possible subsequent rollout in certain countries globally.
Hyundai Blue Link essentially offers a variety of features and applications with a bunch of connectivity, convenience and safety solutions. New features supported by the integration of Google Maps APIs include Send to Car, Point of Interest Search and Local Search by Voice. These services will help drivers easily find points of interest and get to destinations more accurately and reliably using Google's continuously updated Places database.
"Google is a leader and innovator in search, content and technology, offering incredible tools," said Barry Ratzlaff, director of Customer Connect at Hyundai Motor America. "Blue Link makes it easy for our owners to find and navigate to their destinations. The integration of Google Maps APIs makes Blue Link even more effective. We look forward to continuing work with Google to bring innovative solutions to Hyundai owners."
"We're always looking for ways to make it easier for people to discover more relevant information to help them make informed choices - whether that's where to go for a coffee, or where to take dry cleaning," said Tarun Bhatnagar, head of Enterprise Geo at Google. "It's great to see that more drivers now have access to fresh, web-based content while on the go with the Hyundai Blue Link Google Maps integration."
Hyundai still hasn’t confirmed which particular vehicles will get the new Blue Link system, but KIA will introduce this with the Sorento (2014 edition), which will be available for purchase within the next one month, and followed up with the Forte sedan.