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Google Maps integration features in Hyundai and Kia Cars

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Hyundai and Kia integrates Google Maps features into its cars

The popularity of Google Maps could help Hyundai and Kia sell some new vehicles this year. The car makers today announced that they will work with the search engine giant to integrate its mapping applications into upcoming vehicles.

What is Google Maps?

Google Maps is a web mapping ( Web mapping is the process of designing, implementing, generating and delivering maps on the WWW and its products ) service application and technology provided by Google, that powers many map-based services, including the Google Maps Website, Google Transit , Google Ride Finder and maps embedded on third-party web sites via the Google Maps API. It offers street maps, a route planner for traveling by car, bike, foot, or with public transportation and a locator for urban businesses in many countries around the world. Google Maps satellite images are not updated in real time, but rather they are several months or years old.

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Google Maps provides high-resolution satellite or aerial images for most urban areas all over the world. Google Maps images are updated frequently, but most of the world’s current satellite images is over 5 years old and updated infrequently, resulting in not showing the newer features and updates that have been made to various infrastructures. Not all areas on satellite images are covered in the same resolution, most populated areas are with good resolution, and less populated areas usually get less detail.

Like many other Google web applications, Google Maps extensively uses JavaScript. As the user drags the map, the grid squares are downloaded from the server and inserted into the page. When a user searches for a business, the results are downloaded in the background for insertion into the side panel and map. As Google Maps is coded almost entirely in JavaScript and XML, some end users have produced client-side scripts and server-side hooks, which allowed a user or website service to introduce expanded or customized features into the Google Maps interface. Using the core engine and the map / satellite images hosted by Google, such tools can introduce custom location icons, and location coordinates, and even custom map image sources into the Google Maps interface.

Combinations with photo sharing websites, such as Flickr, are used to create “memory maps”. Using copies of the satellite photos, users have taken advantage of image annotation features to provide personal histories and information regarding particular points of the area. It is a free service, and currently does not contain ads, but Google states in their terms of use that they reserve the right to display ads in the future.

By using the Google Maps API, it is possible to embed Google Maps site into an external website, on to which site specific data can be overlaid. The Maps API was expanded to include an API for Adobe Flash applications, a service for retrieving static map images, and web services for performing geocoding, generating driving directions, and obtaining elevation profiles, which is very useful in Cars navigation systems.

The Google Maps API is free for commercial use, provided that the site on which it is being used is publicly accessible and does not charge for access, and is not generating more than 25 000 map accesses a day.

On 28 November 2007, Google Maps for Mobile 2.0 was released. Its location service can work with or without a GPS receiver. The „my location” feature uses the GPS location of the mobile device, if available, supplemented by determining the nearest wireless networks and cell site (A cell site is a cellular telephone site where antennas and electronic communications equipment are placed, usually on a tower or other high place, to create a cell (or adjacent cells) in a cellular network ). The software looks up the location of the cell site using a database of known wireless networks and sites. Wireless network location method is calculated by discovering the nearby WiFi hotspots and using their location property (retrieved from the online WiFi database, in the same way as the cell site database) to further discover the user’s location. The order in which these take precedence is:

  • -GPS-based services
  • -WLAN-, WiFi-based services
  • -Cell transmitter-based services

Hyundai and KIA integrates Google Maps features into its cars

For Hyundai, integrating the Google Maps API into its vehicles will add many services, like Send to Car, Point of Interest Search, and Local Search by Voice to the cars.

The seamless vehicle technology based on the Connectivity Concept  (The Hyundai Connectivity Concept wirelessly transferring all of the smartphone’s content to the car’s touchscreen display and adding other wireless functions ). may take a couple of years to become reality, but Hyundai’s in-vehicle tech is getting more advanced. The Korean carsmaker announced that it will integrate Google Maps API ( Application Programming Interfaces ) into its Hyundai Blue Link telematics platform systems, supported a smoother navigational experience for drivers, helping drivers more easily and quickly find their destination. The integration of Google Maps APIs makes Blue Link even more effective.

By leveraging Google Maps APIs, Hyundai will be able to offer new and enhanced features in vehicles equipped with Blue Link. These features include “Send to Car” option, which allows users to quickly send a destination to Blue Link from a computer , mobile device or smartphone, along with Local Search by Voice and Point of Interest Search. Blue Link will gain access to Google’s continuously updated database. Hyundai launched the Blue Link system in 2011. The system currently supports more than 30 applications, including roadside emergency assistance, voice-based destination search , voice text messaging, and remote start . Google Maps Service will be available on the 2014 Kia Sorento CUV ( crossover utility vehicle) , as well as cars that sport the Hyundai Blue Link telematics platform.

For Kia, its in-car UVO (“Your Voice”) system, powered by Google, will work for Kia owners inside their car or out. With the Send to Car feature, users can send a destination to their car directly from Google Maps, via the smartphone UVO appliaction.While drivers are in the car, they can tap into Google Maps and Google Places to get directions of find points of interest. And then the maps will be displayed on the Sorento’s 8-inch dashboard screen.

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The newest iteration of the UVO platform is a breakthrough as one of the first mobile pure application-based telematics systems, and now with the Google solutions and Google APIs, we take the platform to another level of enhancement for the Kia. Google Maps integration joins other UVO eServices features, including Car Care Web, which allows users to check vehicle status , diagnostics, maintenance schedules, and driving behavior on a home computer or mobile ( smartphone) device. Kia expects to add the system to other models , including the new Kia 2014 Forte sedan.

Audi, Daimler, and Tesla Motor Co. are also incorporating Google Maps into their vehicles.