The Blind Spot Detection system is designed to alert drivers of an approaching vehicle in the next lane if the turn signal is activated. Drivers are first alerted of a vehicle in the blind spot by warning lights in the side mirrors.
When the turn signal is activated, the Lane Change Assist system determines the closing speed of any vehicle in the adjacent lane to determine if the lane change is safe. If the system determines the vehicle in the other lane is closing too quickly, it sounds an audible alarm to warn the driver that the lane change is unsafe.
The Lane Departure Warning System uses a forward-facing camera to recognize lane markers. If the system detects the vehicle is headed outside the lane markers, a warning light on the dashboard illuminates and an audible sound alerts the driver.
The Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCTA) is also derived from the Blind Spot Detection system. It scans the areas to each side of the car when backing out of parking spaces. If another vehicle is approaching from the side, the Sonata driver is given an audible alert.
The High Beam Assist lets the headlamps deliver maximum visibility when there is no risk of blinding other drivers ahead.
The Smart Cruise Control (SCC) has full stop capability (it allows full function down to zero mph to operate seamlessly). Using the front-grille-mounted radar sensor, it maintains consistent spacing with the vehicle ahead in varied traffic conditions.
The Smart Trunk simply needs the owner to approach the car's trunk with the key fob in a purse or pocket and wait three seconds until the trunk automatically opens (especially useful when both hands are carrying objects).
Multimedia options include an 8.0-inch navigation system with downloadable apps, HD radio, Dimension or 400-watt Infinity premium audio systems with Blue Link telematics.
The 8.0-inch navigation system has an enhanced display with improved touch sensitivity, a map and music split screen display with the ability to record SiriusXM presets 1-6. SiriusXM Travel Link provides traffic information, sports scores, weather, stock prices, fuel prices and local movie times.
Hyundai says that all 2015 Sonatas equipped with navigation will also support Pandora and SoundHound applications as well as “Eyes Free” Siri integration. Apple CarPlay will be available later this year.
The Blue Link telematics system allows the use of Google’s destination search function via the Blue Link button (voice recognition) and navigation display, or through myhyundai in hyundaiusa.com and the Blue Link mobile app, to send a destination to the user's Sonata.
Other Blue Link functions include the Remote Start, now with a timer (from 1 to 10 min.), remote stop, remote climate control and remote defroster available via the mobile app, as well as the possibility to schedule service at the dealership via the Hyundai Assurance Car Care in-vehicle app.
This app will be also available for download onto the head unit screen of 2015 Sonatas equipped with navigation. The in-vehicle app will have similar features to the Hyundai Assurance Car Care mobile app, in addition to other functions.
Blue Link is available in three packages: Assurance Connected Care, Remote and Guidance. (More at www.HyundaiBlueLink.com).