Automakers Hyundai and Kia have plans to incorporate APIs for Google Maps in 2014, Google announced on Wednesday, further pushing the search giant’s presence in the industry. While Google’s service is synonymous with online and mobile markets, the mapping experience is already being implemented by key companies, such as Audi, Daimler and Tesla.
Hyundia Motoros Group will use Google Send-to-Car, local search and voice search here in the U.S., allowing drivers to access map features out on the road. The APIs will be used in such a way to help spur the discovery of nearby points of interest and help drivers navigate unfamiliar places much easier.
When the implementation goes live, the 2014 Kia Sorento will utilize the automaker’s UVO platform, which allows users to send data between their smartphone and car seamlessly through an app. Hyundai will offer similar implementation, while using the local voice search functionality for a hands-free experience.
Google said Maps expansion in vehicles “makes maps even more comprehensive, useful and accurate for automakers and their drivers.” This sounds like a job for TechnoBuffalo’s Driven.