2015 Hyundai Genesis to be compatible with Google GlassFri, 03 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800
It seems that at least one automaker is ready to embrace wearable computer technology before it become as ubiquitous as a cell phone, as Hyundai has just announced that its new 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan will be compatible with Google Glass. The wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display is becoming more and more common, and Hyundai engineers have teamed up with Google to make it interact with the car's Blue Link infotainment system.
Users will need to download a Blue Link Glassware app to manage a number of the car's functions, such as remote start, remote locking, and a vehicle finder. Users will also be able to upload points of interest from Google Glass into the car's navigation system and to schedule maintenance appointments for the car via.
"We see wearables as a technology trend, expanding from fitness and health monitoring to broader applications," said Barry Ratzlaff, executive director of Customer Connect and Service Business Development at 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."
One thing that remains uncertain is whether driving with wearable devices will be legal in the near future -- at least one person was already ticketed for driving with Google glass. It's going to be a while before legislation and public policy catches up with Google Glass and other wearables, but for now Hyundai sees wearable devices as a trend that is worth embracing.
"In 2013, we saw millions of commands sent to Hyundai vehicles from our Blue Link mobile application," said Ratzlaff. "As new screens emerge, we see a real opportunity to expand our app strategy to provide added convenience for our owners."
By Jay Ramey