Hyundai Working On Smartwatch App That Lets You Control Your Car Remotely
Smartwatches have seen a boom in sales and are expected to further expand in 2015. Following this trend, several companies have started developing apps to utilize this opportunity. Hyundai is the latest company that showed its support for smartwatches by announcing that they are working on an app that will let drivers control their car from their wrist.
The Android Wear app by Hyundai will be an advancement of company’s next-generation Blue Link system that is used to remotely control the car. The company says that support for Android Wear will be added to the Blue Link Android app in its next update that is expected to arrive in early 2015.
Hyundai will be showcasing the app at its CES booth on January 5th.
All of the functions of the app will be used by giving a voice command like “start my car,” “lock my car,” or “find my car,” on your Android Wear app. The commands can also be used by tapping a button on smartwatch that will show all the functions and you can select the desired one by tapping on it.
To make it all work, the smartwatch will require a Bluetooth connection with your Android smartphone running Blue Link app. The smartwatch will simply receive command and forward it to the smartphone app which performs the function that you requested.
You can take advantage of Blue Link’s following features via your Android Wear:
- Remote Engine Start
- Remote Engine Stop (Only available when vehicle is in remote engine start mode)
- Remote Door Lock / Unlock
- Remote Flash Lights / Honk Horn
- Car Finder
- Call Roadside
- Call Blue Link
The company says that all cars equipped with Blue Link support will be able to work with Android Wear app.
“This new app expands Hyundai’s exploration into how wearable technology and Blue Link fit into a customer’s lifestyle,” said Barry Ratzlaff, executive director, customer connect and service business development, Hyundai Motor America.
“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.”
Hyundai notes in its press release that their representatives will be demonstrating the working of app on Samsung, Motorola, Sony and LG smartwatches. Hyundai plans to add even more features to its Blue Link system, including maintenance alerts and the “Hyundai Assurance Car Care in-vehicle app.”
The company also plans to launch the 2016 Elantra GT and Veloster later this year.