Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Hyundai Press | posted January 05, 2015 11:32
The 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT and Veloster will have added functions like destination search and maintenance alerts
Hyundai recently debuted its Blue Link smartwatch app at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas, Nevada. The cloud-based Blue Link smartwatch system will enable car owners remote functioning of their Hyundai automobiles like starting or stopping the engine, locking and unlocking the doors, lights and horn use and finding the car.
“This new app expands Hyundai’s exploration into how wearable technology and Blue Link fit into a customer’s lifestyle. Connecting to your car through a smartwatch and voice recognition was previously something seen only in science fiction movies. Now, we can provide this capability to owners of Hyundai vehicles equipped with Blue Link,” said Barry Ratzlaff, Executive Director, Customer Connect and Service Business Development, Hyundai Motor America.
Currently available only in the USA, the system is comprised of the Blue Link smartwatch and the Blue Link smartphone app which will be available at the 1st quarter of 2015 for free at Google Play Store. After pairing the smartwatch to its corresponding smartphone, the app can now be used and as an added feature, the smartwatch has voice function that recognizes commands such as turning on the engine, locking the doors and finding the car. An internet or mobile data connection is still needed in order for the system to be used.
The Blue Link smartwatch system will work on first and second generation Blue Link equipped Hyundai vehicles like the 2012 Sonata where the Blue Link system was first used. New cars like the 2015 Genesis, Sonata and Azera will make use of the next-generation Blue Link system. The 2016 models of the Elantra GT and Veloster will also be fitted with the system and will also have added functions like a Google-powered destination search and maintenance alerts.