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Just as with OnStar, these services will be available through a rearview-mirror-mounted interface, or via the vehicle's nav screen—which, in the adjacent picture, it appears, might be that of the 2012 Hyundai Veloster.
There's a lot in common with GM's OnStar system, and the Hyundai announcement closely follows GM's announcement early today that OnStar will be available on a retail basis for nearly all vehicles. Just like OnStar, Blue Link will detect airbag deployment and notify a call center; and it will let you call roadside assistance direct from the car whether or not you have juice and/or a signal on your own cellphone.
Blue Link Assurance—building on the Hyundai Assurance name—is also part of the package, bringing a host of subscription-based (like OnStar) safety services: Automatic Crash Notification and Assistance, SOS Emergency Assistance, and Enhanced Roadside Assistance are included.
A second Blue Link Essentials package will offer Remote Access (remote locking/unlocking, remote horn and light operation, panic notification, and remote vehicle start), Vehicle Self Diagnostics (trouble-code info, maintenance alerts, a recall advisor, and Web Vehicle diagnostics), and convenience features (alarm notification, location-sharing, and voice text messaging). In addition to those, the package will include features that likely sound familiar to those who have late-model GM vehicles with OnStar: Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, and Vehicle Immobilization. Blue Link also borrows some features from Ford's MyKey system in allowing a valet alert system, plus geofencing (geographic boundaries), speed, or curfew alerts available via text, e-mail, or phone.
The location-based features are especially noteworthy. If you so choose, you'll be willing to share your car's location—rather than your smartphone's location—via Facebook.
Separately, there's also a Guidance Package, which brings Turn-by-Turn Navigation with audio and visual guidance, a point-of-interest search, traffic-condition route guidance and traffic information, gas station and pricing info, restaurant ratings, and weather. Also, a new Eco-Coach feature tracks mpg and emissions averages and makes recommendations.
The Blue Link platform will make its debut later this year in the 2012 Hyundai Sonata and 2012 Hyundai Veloster three-door—with subscription fees revealed for the Sonata later this spring—and the automaker says that it will be available on the majority of the lineup by the 2013 model year.