Hyundai Australia buyers will soon be able to remotely check the temperature, lock or unlock, and see their vehicle’s location using a smartphone app.

    The Bluelink application will be debut on the 2023 Palisade for Australia, and will “gradually” roll out across the Hyundai range from there.

    A five-year subscription to the service will be included with new Hyundai purchases.

    The application lets users find where they’ve parked their car, or find a destination on their phone and send it to the vehicle before they get behind the wheel. A last-mile navigation function lets owners keep following directions to their destination after they’re out of the car.

    The app, which is available for Android and Apple devices, allows owners to switch into ‘valet mode’, or to activate the heated seats from the comfort of their couch. Cars with a surround-view monitor can even send and save live footage through the application.

    In electric models, the app allows owners to schedule charging for their vehicles, and activate the climate control.

    As is common in rivals, the system will automatically call emergency services in an accident if the airbags fire.

    Hyundai isn’t alone in offering smartphone connectivity for its new car range. Ford Australia offers similar functionality across its range, and Toyota continues expanding the reach of its equivalent.

    Hyundai has previously offered similar functionality on the Kona EV.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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