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.
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.
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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.”
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