US: South Korean car-makers Hyundai and Kia will integrate Google”s Maps and Places with cars due to be released later this year. The news was announced in a Google blog post that the two car-makers have partnered with the internet giant, joining a line of other well-known auto brands which have adopted the technology.
When they become available, owners of the new Hyundai and Kia cars will be able to access a number of new navigation features using Blue Link technology from Hyundai and Kia”s UVO eServices telematics system. Naturally Voice search will be one service available while the Maps and Places APIs will offer a variety of ways in which drivers can look for locations when driving.
Hyundai”s Blue Link service was first launched in 2011 and has since evolved to feature “30+ safety, service and infotainment applications”. It offers help in scheduling car care, as well remote starting, remote locking, and unlocking via a smartphone app. It”s also working on an NFC tag which would deliver another alternative to keys with users being able to unlock and start their cars with a single swipe, which sounds great until the phone needs recharging.
As for the Kia UVO system: it will offer similar features and enables users to send Google Maps locations to their car through an accompanying app. Audi, Daimler and Tesla Motor Co have already embraced Google Maps, providing drivers with a more advanced navigation system.