It’s the middle of winter and the temperature is below zero. It happened to snow the night before and there’s a pile of it on your car calling you to come brush it off. You’re sick of the snow, this is the third time this month you had to shovel snow off your car in freezing cold weather. Sure, you could buy a remote starter and turn it on before you go to work. But did you turn the heat up or leave the defrosters on the night before in order for the starter to actually be effective? Wouldn’t it be great if you could somehow control all the important details and monitor some of your car’s functions from your phone?
Hyundai has a service called BlueLink that connects you to your Hyundai vehicle using your smartphone. BlueLink offers a suite of apps for iOS and Android devices that enables you to set the engine timer, cabin temperature and even turn on the heated steering wheel. A remote starter can turn on your car, but with BlueLink you can also lock or unlock your doors, sound the horn, turn on the hazard lights and even check-in on your vehicle’s health.
Once you have a Hyundai car with BlueLink, connecting your phone is as easy as downloading an app. The service is free for 5 years with the purchase of a new Hyundai vehicle.
One of my favourite features is the ability to lock or unlock the car doors. Simply pull out your smartphone and unlock the doors remotely. Plus, if you lock your phone inside the car, you can unlock the doors from any computer by logging in through a web browser.
What happens if you forget where you parked? BlueLink will use GPS to locate and show your cars location on a map and give you directions to find your vehicle. However, sometimes the GPS is not 100% perfect so when you’re sort of close but still not sure where your car is you can honk the horn and flash the lights.
Safety also plays a big role with integrated SOS Emergency and Roadside Assistance. In an unlikely event that you are in an accident, your Hyundai vehicle will call for emergency services. I hope there is never a situation where this will happen, but if you are incapable of calling for help there is peace of mind knowing someone will come for you.
It’s amazing how connected we are with our smartphones, so why shouldn’t we be with our cars too? Just like using your smartphone to get daily news, you can use the BlueLink app to receive a real-time diagnosis of your vehicle. It will check to make sure everything’s running smoothly. When a problem is detected BlueLink will show you the nearest Hyundai dealership.
The ability to remotely start your car, find it and lock or unlock your doors make the service worth it alone, especially since it’s free for the first 5 years. This is only the beginning of Hyundai’s vision of the connected car and it’s something I can get on board with. Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below!