Hyundai’s cloud-based, mobile optimised Blue Link platform is about to become even more sci fi as it integrates wearable devices like Google Glass. The Glassware application, to be launched next year for the new 2015 Genesis Sedan, will allow users to access all the features and analytics of the Blue Link multimedia system from their Google Glass optical display.
“As a leader in connected car technology, we’re always exploring new ways to use technology to enhance the ownership experience for our customers,” Barry Ratzlaff, executive director of Customer Connect and Service Business Development at Hyundai Motor America, said. “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.”
The Blue Link multimedia navigation system currently operates through a connected mobile phone to gather and present drivers with information about local traffic and weather, fuel locations and prices, and stocks, news, and sports. It also provides some remote functionality, allowing owners to start and lock and unlock their car doors with the app or immobilise it in the event of theft. The app runs through voice recognition.
The small screens of wearable devices present a unique challenge for presenting information. On Glassware information about the vehicle and traffic will be presented as cards optimised for the Glass interface. Push notifications will alert the user when maintenance is due and built in-functionality will allow the wearer to immediately initiate a call to schedule a service appointment. Other popular remote features offered by the mobile phone version of Blue Link will also be accessible through Glass, including the remote start, the remote door lock/unlock, and the vehicle finder.
Hyundai has long been a pioneer in mobile car connectivity. In 2010, the manufacturer launched the Equus premium sedan with an interactive iPad application that provided an immersive and convenient alternative to the clunky, glove box owner’s manual. Blue Link has been connecting drivers to information about their cars, the road, and the outside world through iOS and Android since 2011, and last summer the company launched the Car Care app, allowing Hyundai owners without Blue Link to look up maintenance schedules, arrange service appointments, and read quick reference guides about their vehicle. Glassware will allow Hyundai to bring its connectivity to new screens, to provide further convenience–and futuristic flare–for its customers.