Start your Hyundai from your watch? There’s an app for that.

BY GERRY MILES

  • Apple Watch is Compatible with First and Second Generation Blue Link Equipped Hyundai Models

  • Commands Work with Voice Recognition and Touch

 At one time it was cool to make an overpriced phone call from a plane for what was it…$8 just to say you did it? And then we have iPhones, smart this and that could start a car remotely, turn up the heat or AC so that by the time you go to the car from the airport shuttle your ride was right. Then we took the whole Dick Tracy wristwatch thing a step further allowing us to pay for things.

Now, in the automotive world, Hyundai is among the first to now remotely flash their car lights in a crowded parking lot, lock the doors and or start it using the new Blue Link app for Apple Watch. As a leader in connected cars, and connectivity, which the New England Motor Press Association championed years ago as the next wave in technology at its annual spring award show at MIT, Hyundai is always looking for new ways to connect owners to their vehicles. The latest Blue Link app update, which includes the companion app for Apple Watch, is available as a free download on the App Store starting today.

HYUNDAI LAUNCHES BLUE LINK APP FOR APPLE WATCH

The Hyundai Blue Link Smartwatch app on Apple Watch

“Giving customers more ways to connect with their cars is what it is all about,” said Frank Ferrara, executive vice president, customer satisfaction, Hyundai Motor America. “The Blue Link Apple Watch app complements all of our other high-tech features. Drivers can get into a Sonata today and find iPhone integration, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection and a smart trunk that will open automatically when you stand behind it.”

HYUNDAI LAUNCHES BLUE LINK APP FOR APPLE WATCH

 

Hyundai Blue Link Smartwatch App features

Hyundai’s cloud-based Blue Link platform allows features like remote start and service information to be quickly accessed through devices like smartwatches and smartphones. The new app is easy to use. The wearer simply taps an icon or uses voice commands to execute remote functions. Pushing the microphone icon on the watch activates the voice function, where the driver can execute commands such as “Start my car,” “Lock my car” or “Find my car.”

HYUNDAI LAUNCHES BLUE LINK APP FOR APPLE WATCH

The Hyundai Blue Link Smartwatch app on Apple Watch

The Blue Link Apple Watch app works with first and next generation Blue Link equipped Hyundai models. The first generation Blue Link system rolled out on the 2012 Sonata and expanded across the lineup through 2013. Next generation Blue Link equipped models include the 2015 Genesis, Sonata and Azera. The Apple Watch app provides all Blue Link users, including first gen owners, with even more freedom interacting with their Hyundai.

Blue Link Apple Watch app features (all voice activated):

  • Remote Engine Start
  • Remote Engine Stop (Only available when vehicle is in remote engine start mode)
  • Remote Door Lock / Unlock
  • Remote Flash Lights / Honk Horn
  • Car Finder
  • Vehicle Status
  • Parking Meter

 

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