Hyundai Adds Standard Remote Services to 2018 Models with BlueLink

By

Automotive Editor

Patrick learned to drive on the Detroit freeways with side classes in the Pennsylvania hills. He spent the summer after graduation from the University of Dayton practicing his German-language skills and air-tool technique on the BMW M motor assembly line. An alumnus of the Jalopnik Automotive Media Global Domination Brigade, he currently resides in Manhattan and teaches mathematics when not pondering the state of the vehicular world. 

Follow On: Twitter | Google+ | Website

, Automotive Editor - April 14, 2017

Hyundai has opened a new frontier in the ongoing effort to operate as much of one's life as possible through smartphone apps. The Korean automaker has announced that a three-year subscription of remote functions will be included in Blue Link, Hyundai's smartphone-compatible telematics system for appropriately-equipped new 2018 vehicles and the 2017 Ioniq.

Blue Link's feature set now includes such highlights as remote starting and locking, monthly vehicle health updates, Google-connected destination search and free online map updates on vehicles equipped with navigation, and even remote-controlled defrosters for the rear glass and mirrors on the Elantra GT and Sonata. In an interesting twist, Blue Link will be functional not only through a smartphone or smartwatch app but also through Amazon's Alexa personal assistant.

Blue Link's remote controls have already proven to be popular ownership features; among other capabilities, Hyundai cites statistics showing a million remote starts per winter month.

The announcement coincides with the introduction of the revised 2018 Sonata at the New York International Auto Show.

Hyundai

, Automotive Editor

Patrick learned to drive on the Detroit freeways with side classes in the Pennsylvania hills. He spent the summer after graduation from the University of Dayton practicing his German-language skills and air-tool technique on the BMW M motor assembly line. An alumnus of the Jalopnik Automotive Media Global Domination Brigade, he currently resides in Manhattan and teaches mathematics when not pondering the state of the vehicular world. 

Follow On: Twitter | Google+ | Website