It has been announced that Hyundai’s next generation of products will allow owners to connect with their vehicle using wearable devices like Google Glass and others. Hyundai’s cloud-based Blue Link platform makes features like remote start and service information quickly accessible and will be available from 2015 on the all new Genesis sedan.
Blue Link Glasswear application to enhance driver convenience
Hyundai plans to launch a Blue Link Glassware application next year with the all-new 2015 Genesis. Wearable devices will help owners save time and add a new level of convenience by allowing remote interaction with the vehicle without the need to pull out their smartphone.
“We see wearables as a technology trend, expanding from fitness and health monitoring to broader applications,” Barry Ratzlaff, executive director, Customer Connect and Service Business Development, Hyundai Motor America.
Wearable device apps will join Hyundai’s existing mobile app offerings designed to give Hyundai owners convenient access to Blue Link features and Car Care services. The all-new 2015 Genesis, with its suite of technology and connectivity features, is a perfect fit to showcase leading-edge mobility and connectivity features, many of which are not offered in competing products. Hyundai plans to launch the vehicle with new infotainment and connectivity features powered by Blue Link.
“Genesis is a unique take on luxury where the owner experience is enabled through the intelligent application of technology, features and services that empower the owner,” said Mark Dipko, director of Corporate Planning and Strategy at Hyundai Motor America. “We feel this vehicle is a great product to showcase how the latest technology can enhance the ownership experience and give owners more time and convenience.”
Small screens of wearable devices only allow a limited amount of information to be shown. As such, it is important to present useful and relevant information. On Google Glass, vehicle information will be presented as cards optimized for the Glass user interface. Push notifications will alert the owner when maintenance is due and allow quick service scheduling by enabling the wearer to initiate a call using the device’s built-in functionality.
The application will also allow owners to access popular Blue Link features like remote start, remote door lock/unlock, vehicle finder, POI send-to-car powered by Google quickly using the device’s compact interface.
Hyundai is no stranger to mobile application development. In 2010, the company launched the all-new Equus premium sedan with an innovative iPad application that effectively replaced the vehicle owner’s manual with a digital, interactive version. It was designed to be more convenient, immersive and save time.
“In 2013, we saw millions of commands sent to Hyundai vehicles from our Blue Link mobile application,” said Ratzlaff. “As new screens emerge, we see a real opportunity to expand our app strategy to provide added convenience for our owners.”