Hyundai has announced that all 2018 Hyundai models, as well as the 2017 Ioniq lineup, will come standard with Blue Link connected services, which now include Google Assistant compatibility.
Starting with the launch of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT,2018 Santa Fe Sport and the redesigned 2018 Sonata , customers will receive a free three-year subscription to Blue Link. The service includes such features as remote door locking, remote start with climate control and a monthly vehicle health report, all of which can be controlled via smartphone, smartwatch and Amazon Alexa.
At the same time, Hyundai said it has added Google Assistant functionality to the Blue Link service. This technology, which operates through the Google Home voice-activated speaker, allows users to control various Blue Link functions with simple, natural-language commands.
For example, an owner might say: "OK, Google, tell Blue Link to start my Santa Fe and set the temperature to 72 degrees," "OK, Google, tell Blue Link to send the address of the Empire State Building to my Sonata," or "OK, Google, ask Blue Link to unlock my car."
Hyundai notes that other standard Blue Link features include controlling the charging of plug-in and electric models, operating the horn and lights, automatic collision notification, SOS emergency assistance, car finder and stolen-vehicle recovery, as well as such parental controls as curfew alert and geo-fencing.
"We continue to lead the industry with these better customer-focused integrations," said Manish Mehrotra, director of digital business planning and connected operations for Hyundai Motor America, in a statement. "With the advent of Google Assistant's capabilities, we want to provide Hyundai owners with the comfort of remote-starting their car on a hot summer afternoon or the security of remotely locking their Sonata Hybrid while it's parked in the garage at the end of a long day."