Hyundai Includes Wearable Tech In Next Genesis

Hyundai believes the way people interact with their cars is about to change with the help of wearable electronics.

The company said its next generation of products, starting with the all-new 2015 Genesis, will allow owners to connect with their vehicle using wearable devices. According to the company, its cloud-based Blue Link platform makes features like remote start and service information quickly accessible through new devices like Google Glass and others.

The Korean company believes 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.

Hyundai said it plans to launch a Blue Link Glassware application next year with the all-new 2015 Genesis sedan.

“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.

“The 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.”

The small screens of wearable devices only allow a limited amount of information to be shown. On Google Glass, Hyundai said 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.