Did you ever think you’d be communicating with your car? (If you admit yes, you might be a tad crazy, or else you’ve been spending too much time gazing at the Hoff.) But if you ever thought you’d be communicating with your car through your watch or your glasses, you might just be the craziest—or the most intelligent—person on earth.
Through advancements in wearable technology, like Google Glass, Hyundai is able to introduce its Blue Link Glasswear application this year on the all-new 2015 Genesis. Blue Link Glasswear will allow drivers to connect with their vehicles via wearable devices, able to access functions such as remote start or service information, making the following dialogue totally possible.
WIFE: Honey, doesn’t the Genesis need serviced soon? HUSBAND: I don’t know, dear, but I’m sure not walking fifteen feet outside to check the manual and find out. WIFE: Don’t be silly, pumpkin. Just check your glasses. HUSBAND: Oh yes, of course, sweetie. What would I ever do without you? WIFE: (Under her breath) Absolutely nothing.
Blue Link Glasswear Application
All joking aside, the new Blue Link Glasswear application is actually quite revolutionary. Barry Ratzlaff, the executive director of Customer Connect and Service Business Development at Hyundai Motor America, stated in a press release, “We see wearables as a technology trend, expanding from fitness and health monitoring to broader applications. 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.”
Ratzlaff is correct on all accounts. Hyundai is a leader in connected car technology. Just take a look at all the other mobile app offerings that Hyundai offers to give users access not only to Blue Link but also to Car Care Services. Hyundai’s 2010 iPad app replaced the owner’s manual with a more attractive and accessible digital version, and the Car Care application, which debuted last summer, allows Hyundai drivers to schedule service, access the maintenance schedule, and more—sans Blue Link.
Ratzlaff concluded, “In 2013, we saw millions of commands sent to Hyundai vehicles from our Blue Link mobile application. As new screens emerge, we see a real opportunity to expand our app strategy to provide added convenience for our owners.”