Hyundai USA is launching a new telematics platform called Blue Link which it claims will offer over 30 unique connectivity features on future models starting with the Sonata and Veloster three-door coupe later this year.

It said its agent-assisted advanced voice recognition system provides a new approach to performing in-vehicle point of interest (POI) searches compared with voice-recognition-only systems, or traditional (and expensive) operators.

Blue Link Assurance, a safety services suite developed by Hyundai, will be standard on all Blue Link-equipped models for a free introductory period with continued service available by subscription.

Numerous connectivity and convenience features will be available via feature packaging targeted at distinct telematics user groups.

A variety of different features will be available at launch, including unique applications such as a maintenance alert that helps drivers identify and schedule service; an ‘eco-coach’ that improves efficient driving; restaurant ratings; remote vehicle start, which allows a driver to heat or cool the car before driving; geofence, which can send a text if a driver has ventured outside prescribed borders or time constraints; and stolen vehicle slowdown to help police recover a stolen vehicle.

Hyundai expects Blue Link to be available across the majority of its model line by the 2013 model year.