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CES 2014: Hyundai goes 'wearable' with new app

Feature that links Blue Link telematics system with devices like Google Glass to debut in the 2015 Genesis.

By Douglas Newcomb Jan 6, 2014 2:46PM

Hyundai Glassware app. Photo by Hyundai.One of the hottest product categories at the giant International Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month in Las Vegas was “wearables” — gadgets that attach to the body.

Nissan jumped on the wearables bandwagon several months ago with a Nismo smartwatch, and Mercedes-Benz announced ahead of CES that smartwatches from Pebble Technology will soon communicate with the company’s cars.

Perhaps the most high-profile wearable is Google Glass, and Hyundai has announced that it's developing an app for the device and others like it. The automaker plans to launch its Blue Link Glassware application with the all-new 2015 Genesis sedan, due later this year.

Using Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, the app will allow Genesis owners to connect with the vehicle via wearable devices like Google Glass to access features such as remote start and service information. And while the app means car owners don’t have to pull out their smartphone or other portable device to access features, the small screens of wearable devices allow only a limited amount of information to be shown.

Using the app, vehicle information will be presented as “cards” optimized for the Google Glass user interface. For example, automatic “push” notifications will notify owners when routine maintenance is due, and they can choose to schedule service by making a call using the wearable device. The app will also allow owners to perform a remote start, remote door lock/unlock, track their vehicle location and send a destination to the car's navigation.

“We see wearables as a technology trend, expanding from fitness and health monitoring to broader applications,” Barry Ratzlaff, a Hyundai executive director said in a statement. “Wearables are a great way to extend the experience outside of the vehicle by leveraging these small screens to quickly access remote features and deliver timely vehicle information.”


[Source: Hyundai]

Jan 12, 2014 10:57AM
Myself i say keep this tech. out of the car's. Every body is already distracted enough, do we have to make it more distracting? Keep the tech. just make it so it will not work while driving...
Jan 7, 2014 7:54AM
Although seemingly lazy, this is getting pretty cool. I doubt that I would use a wearable at this point but being able to access my car's system with a smart phone sounds pretty handy. It would be neat to be able to start the vehicle with my phone, monitor someone's driving while they are using it, have my car notify me (and automatically schedule on my Google calendar that my phone is linked to) of needed oil changes, low tire pressure and such.  How cool would it be to be able to deactivate your car if it was stolen? With fully automated vehicles on the horizon, I suppose soon you will be able to summon your vehicle from the parking lot when you are exiting a supermarket on a rainy day, or send it to McDonald's to pick up some lunch for you, lol.
Jan 12, 2014 4:59PM
Jan 12, 2014 1:47PM
As if drivers needed more distractions...As with any other technology, this will be abused and end up causing people to get into accidents...Enter the lawyers with the multi-million dollar lawsuits...
Jan 12, 2014 11:46AM
funny the google glass is already ban from use while driving in my state so this app would be useless for the most part. and its my understanding that other states are going to band the use of glasses while driving too way to do your research hyundi
Jan 12, 2014 6:09PM
Remote start, remote unlock, tracking, etc can all be performed by an application running on a smart phone.  Information on the status of the car is already available on the dash for most automobiles.  Presenting this information within the field of view of the driver while driving is just another distraction.  Like the medals/chains/Mardi Gras necklaces/crystals dangling from the mirror it will cause a blind spot on the right hand side of the driver's vision.  Look out for more accidents at intersections where the wearer of the Google glass will claim that "I never saw that car/truck/pedestrian".  In fact, the eye did register the information, but the brain was oblivious to it. 
Jan 12, 2014 10:24PM
Once again, a car maker that doesn't get it. Instead of concentrating on making a good solid car, it allows itself to go chasing after something that is not going to do any good to what it makes. We already know how Hyundai products hold up. Many of us wish it every good success - but it seems to not want to get serious about establishing itself as an honest-to-goodness world-class car marque. By going the route that many car companies take - adding all kinds of bells and whistles which cost little to make and then going ahead to add big bucks to their MSRP, Hyundai will continue to be just a brandname of no account.
Feb 7, 2014 6:13AM
Forget all the extra App's and gadgets and give me a mid-sized car with fantastic mileage, automatic tranny, air, and power steering.  Keep the price down!  What good does it do to have all electric cars.  You still have to pay the higher electric bills.  Then, the power companies will be screaming "power shortage" and god know nuclear power is a no no.
Jan 12, 2014 9:39AM
If it keep a driver's head up and out of the cell phone and dash display,  I'm  all for it. 
If not,  no.

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