The future keeps evolving. With so many apps now available to connect people virtually to their cars when they’re not in them via smart phones and tablets, Hyundai may be the first to hook up the features found in Google Glass to monitor the status of their 2015 Genesis.
No longer is a smart device with an app enough to sate the techno desires of the masses. Google Glass – the search firm’s wearable technology that’s still in beta testing around the country – will access Hyundai’s cloud-based Blue Link service to remotely start the car or obtain service alerts and more.
Obviously, it is not meant to be used while driving nor would Hyundai endorse such use.
“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. “As a leader in connected car technology, we’re always exploring new ways to use technology to enhance the ownership experience for our customers. 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.”
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.
On Google Glass, 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.
“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.”
Aficianados may recall that in 2010 Hyundai launched its then all-new Equus with an iPad application that replaced the vehicle owner’s manual with a digital, interactive version.