Regardless of what smartphone or tablet you use, you’re likely already very familiar with Google Maps. They have undoubtedly created the most comprehensive and complete database of mapping data; from simple 2D road maps, to personalized My Maps which groups can customize and build upon, to Street View, Satellite View, and Google Earth, as well as navigation and turn-by-turn directions, there is no better mapping platform on the planet.
The ways in which we use that data, though, are getting even better. Already, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Tesla include Google Maps data in some of their cars. Just today, Google announced two new automakers have signed on, brining the total to five. Hyundai and Kia will both start including Google Maps data in their vehicles. Hyundai’s in-car connected system is called BlueLink. Kia’s is called UVO eServices.
Google didn’t explicitly say what model-years Google Maps will be deployed with, but 2013 models from both companies have already been on the streets for months. It’s unclear if it’ll be possible to upgrade if you’re an existing Hyundai and Kia owner, or if it’s only available on new vehicle purchases, equipped with Google Maps from the factory. Hyundai’s press release says they’ll have more to share and show off at their Blue Link booth at CES next week. As always, we’ll let you know more when we find out.
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