Telematics--a fancy name for using telecommunications and information to control, assist, or otherwise interact with a vehicle--is a burgeoning field these days, but it hasn't always been that way. Until recently, a handful of luxury carmakers and General Motors' OnStar system were the only games in town. Hyundai is looking to change that with its new Blue Link system.
So what do you get with Hyundai's Blue Link? Pretty much everything you expect: maintenance alerts, remote door lock/unlock, remote start, "geofence" text-message alert for parents of teen drivers, and stolen vehicle slowdown to name the core. Other things you might not expect, like the "Eco-Coach" that helps teach efficient driving techniques.
The Blue Link system will make its debut on the Sonata and upcoming Veloster, to be revealed at the Detroit Auto Show next week, later this year. Hit page two for the official announcement.