Hyundai Brings More Real-Time Functions to its Infotainment

Hyundai is upgrading its infotainment’s connectivity bringing real-time features including live parking updates plus types of spaces available to its consumer.

Its new i30 will be the company’s first model to be equipped with the upgraded Bluelink. In addition to a refined user interface, the upgraded Bluelink offers a range of new benefits and services including connected routing, last mile navigation and live parking information and a new user profile feature.

The live parking information function now gives on-street parking and price information now available in 43 countries, including all major cities. The last mile navigation allows drivers to continue the journey to their final destination after their car has parked. After turning off the engine, a pop-up appears on the screen to activate last mile guidance on the Bluelink smartphone app. The user can then choose from either augmented reality guidance or Google Maps, and is guided for a range of between 218-yards and 1.2 miles on their smartphone.

With the new navigation, driving routes are calculated on a server inside the Bluelink cloud, rather than through the car’s infotainment system. This now claims real-life and historical speed information through GPS, which is stored in the server and updated every month, to predict upcoming traffic every five minutes. In addition, the technology uses AI to learn the preferred routes of users.

With the new user profile feature, users can install up to two main accounts and one guest account and upload a profile picture via the Bluelink app. User Profile stores users’ vehicle preferences, such as the position of the wing mirrors or their favorite cluster layout, in the cloud. This also allows drivers as well to easily transfer their preferred settings between different Hyundai vehicles.

Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, vice-president marketing and product at Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “By further expanding our state-of-the-art Bluelink platform with even more exciting features, we are demonstrating our commitment to providing the most advanced technology for Hyundai customers.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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