Hyundai announced it will be introducing the Blue Link telematics system in its model year 2012 Sonatas and Velosters, and eventually to its entire model line.
The Blue Link system will offer similar services to telematics system OnStar, but at what Hyundai claims will be a lower price, according to Consumer Reports.
The Blue Link Assurance package will include a wide variety of services and features for the driver's safety and convenience. Automatic crash notification allows operators to talk to vehicle occupants after a crash and relay any relevant information to emergency officials. The cars will also contain an 'SOS' button that occupants can press for roadside assistance or emergency help at any time.
The system will also allow drivers to start their engines remotely, get access to their vehicle if they are locked out and get notified if another family member presses the 'panic' button, according to the news source. The system also features stolen vehicle slowdown and immobilization, and lets parents monitor teenage drivers' speed and distance traveled. Voice text messaging also helps drivers avoid the dangerous practice of texting while driving.
The free trial version of these services will be available on certain Hyundai models for an unspecified time. Consumers who are interested in these new features may want to research available car finance options and fill out a auto loan application.