Hyundai and Kia adding Google Maps

January 7, 2013 12:00 AM

Hyundai is starting off 2013 with a new partnership with Google, which should bring several new features to the automaker's line of cars. One of these highly anticipated additions is Google Maps, which is scheduled to be integrated into the U.S.-based Blue Link telematics platform and make it easier for drivers to get directions to their destination.

Both the Hyundai and Kia brands will have Google Maps and Google Places added to their accessories. The first car to receive the necessary vehicle maintenance for the upgrade will be the 2014 Kia Sorento CUV, with more models to follow, Tech Crunch reports.

"Blue Link makes it easy for our owners to find and navigate to their destinations," said Barry Ratzlaff, a director for Hyundai. "The integration of Google Maps APIs makes Blue Link even more effective. We look forward to continuing work with Google to bring innovative solutions to Hyundai owners."

Another Google tie-in comes in the form of a Send2Car feature, which allows drivers to send information from their smartphones directly to cars. While several automakers already use this tool, it will be new to Hyundai and Kia vehicles and is set to use Google Maps for directions and Google Places to find points of interest for drivers. 


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