HMC telematics app Blue Link will be available on smart watches too. Various convenience functions, such as Remote Start and Find Your Car, can be used on smart watches.
Hyundai Motor America (HMA) announced on January 6 (local time) that the company would introduce and demonstrate the Blue Link smart watch app at Las Vegas ‘CES 2015’ and ‘Pepcom’s Digital Experience,’ which is held on the previous day. HMC is planning to demonstrate the app using the smart watches of Samsung, Motorola, Sony and LG Electronics that day.
App users can use touch and voice commands to start the car remotely, open and close car doors and find the car. They can also turn on the headlight, honk the horn and make an emergency dispatch service call. It can be used in Hyundai cars with the 1G and 2G Blue Link.
Androidware-based smartwatch users will be able to download the app from Google Play in the first half of this year. To use the app, the smart watch must be connected to a smartphone that has the Blue Link mobile app.
More functions will be available for the next-generation Blue Link system with the Google destination search function, and this system will be applied to an increasing number of models. The recently-introduced maintenance warning function and ‘Hyundai Assurance Car Care’ function are scheduled to be applied to the 2016 Elantra (equivalent to Avante in Korea) and Veloster sometime this year.
“Using voice recognition to connect the smart watch to the car was something we could see only in a science fiction film,” said Barry Ratzlaff, director of HMA. “Now we can provide these functions for HMC customers with the Blue Link.”