Hyundai has teamed up with Smartcar, a company based in California working to drive innovations in connected car technology, to launch Blue Link All-Access. A demonstration took place on Tuesday at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show and a pilot program with California businesses will start in the first half of 2018.
Basically, this new connection will allow mobile car washing, grocery delivery, and on-demand fuel delivery companies to securely access Hyundai vehicle functions, for example the vehicle’s location, remote locking/unlocking and data such as mileage, without keys or the owner being present.
Imagine, simply by using your smartphone, you could have Romaine lettuce, wheat bread and eggs delivered directly to your Elantra GT or Santa Fe Sport using a grocery delivery service’s mobile app without ever having to leave the office!
A car sharing company could also take advantage of this partnership to allow remote access and access authorization to vehicles. The user must link their Blue Link account with their service provider account to grant permission and allow access to the vehicle.
Of course, these are just a few of the possibilities. On the other hand, concerns about hacking and privacy will be raised. For the record, similar services have already started to pop up in other parts of the globe. Hopefully, the pilot program will be successful and Hyundai will introduce Blue Link All-Access in Canada in a not-so-distant future.