Hyundai integrates Google Maps with sat nav systems

Hyundai has teamed up with Internet search engine giant Google to integrate its Google Maps application with the carmaker’s existing satellite navigation systems.

Although Hyundai’s Connectivity Concept previewed at the end of last year is still a long way off, it seems this piece of technology could find its way into your Hyundai very soon.

At the moment the Korean firm only has plans to combine the functionality of the Google Maps smartphone application with its US-based Blue Link infotainment systems, however it has not ruled out migrating the technology across to European markets.

The move is underpinned by a desire to “smooth out the navigational experience” for Hyundai owners, and with the new system the marque will be able to offer enhanced features in Blue Link equipped cars.

Hyundai’s innovative Blue Link system makes driving safer, easier, more convenient and more fun through sending and receiving text messages, allowing programming and alteration of the navigation system – as well as other in-car features – and handling mobile phone calls.

Users can link their smartphone with their vehicle and utilise the Google Maps application to find petrol stations, navigation shortcuts or even call for help and locate their position if in danger.

Director Customer Connect at Hyundai Motor America, Barry Ratzlaff:

“Blue Link makes it easy for our owners to find and navigate to their destinations. The integration of Google Maps now makes the system even more effective.”

Incorporating the smartphone app’s Local Search by voice command, Point of Interest searches and Google’s continuously updated Places database, using the Send to Car function users can easily alter their plans on the fly but still be quickly provided with the relevant information to complete their journey.

Blue Link currently supports more than 30 applications in the US, incorporating roadside and emergency assistance, a remote vehicle start function and voice controlled parameters for the sat nav and messaging utilities.

With the technology readily available and widespread on Android-equipped smartphones across the globe, it’s thought the Korean firm could roll out the technology relatively easily on European market vehicles specified with its infotainment system.

Watch this space…