Hyundai Motors, the largest car maker in South Korea, revealed that they have sold more than 4.4 million cars in the calendar year 2012 globally. This compared to 2011, is an increase in sales by 8.6%. For the month of Dec 2012, Hyundai sold 391,152 cars, compared to 371,260 cars sold in Dec 2011. Along with Kia, Hyundai sold a total of 7.12 million vehicles globally. Kia also stated that for the first time in their history, sales have crossed the half million mark in the US.
Apart from revealing sales figures, Hyundai and Kia also announced Google Maps integration in their cars. Application programming interfaces of Google Maps will be integrated within Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics platform to provide one exceptional search and navigation features. Currently through the Blue Link Platform, passengers are able to benefit from features like connectivity, safety solutions and convenience. These features help to accentuate the driving experience and with integration of Google Maps navigation will also be made easier.
These API’s include features like Local search by voice, Point of Interest search and send to car which will help drivers locate destinations easily through a database which will be updated on a regular basis. The Blue Link telematics platform has been up and running since 2011 and provides customers with a plethora of features to make everyday commuting an enjoyable experience.
Some interesting features include remote lock and unlock features, SOS emergency assist features, search by voice destination assist as also a feature to help drivers schedule servicing. Those looking for more information on the integration of Blue link interface and Google Maps API’s should make it a point to attend the Consumer Electronic Show which will be held from the 10th of January in Las Vegas.