Hyundai drivers who use Android or iOS devices are getting a bonus today thanks to a refreshed version of the automaker’s Blue Link app.
Those who take advantage of it will be able to remotely lock their car, have access to the horn, a remote start system, send points of interest for in-car navigation and even be guided back to their car. The updated system can even keep track of how much time is left on a parking meter for you.
Acting as an extension of Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, the mobile phone app increases connectivity between the driver and car. A BlackBerry application isn’t available yet, but the company says one is coming.
The app is paired with Hyundai’s Blue Link service, which requires a subscription, but users can feel it out first with a free trial, provided their car is equipped for the service.
Certain features are independent of being close to the car, too. For example, users can be sure their car is locked from almost anywhere (with a 3G connection).
Two packages are available at different costs. The “assurance package” carries an annual $79 subscription fee but doesn’t include much. For that price, subscribers get collision notification, roadside assistance, emergency assistance and a monthly vehicle report.
Bump that up to a one-year service agreement for a total $179 and the list of features grows quite a bit — including smartphone access to your car, which isn’t available on the basic package. Unfortunately, there are a limited number of models that can even offer the service. Blue Link access is only available on the 2013 Genesis Coupe, 2012 Azera, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid and Veloster models.