Hyundai will debut and demonstrate a Blue Link smartwatch app at Pepcom’s Digital Experience and at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week in Las Vegas. Hyundai’s cloud-based Blue Link platform allows features such as remote start and service information to be quickly accessed through devices such as smartwatches and smartphones. Hyundai partnered with Station Digital Media to develop the Blue Link smartwatch app.
The smartwatch wearer simply taps an icon or uses voice commands to execute remote functions. The Blue Link smartwatch app allows Hyundai owners to remote start, lock and unlock doors as well as find their car in a crowded parking lot. Pushing the microphone icon on the watch activates the voice function, where the driver can execute commands such as “Start my car,” “Lock my car” or “Find my car.”
The Blue Link smartwatch app must be paired via Bluetooth to an owner’s smartphone that contains the Blue Link mobile app. Remote functions can then be executed from almost anywhere in the US as long as the user’s smartphone has a Bluetooth and cellular or Internet connection. Hyundai representatives will be demonstrating the Blue Link smartwatch app on Samsung, Motorola, Sony and LG smartwatches. Android Wear users can download the app from Google Play for free starting in the first quarter of 2015.
The Blue Link smartwatch app works with first- and next-generation Blue-Link-equipped Hyundai models. The first-generation Blue Link system rolled out on the 2012 Sonata and expanded across the lineup through 2013. Next-generation Blue Link equipped models include the 2015 Genesis, Sonata and Azera. The smartwatch app provides all Blue Link users, including first-generation owners, with even more freedom of choice when interacting with their Hyundai.
Blue Link Smartwatch features (all voice activated):
- 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 next-generation Blue Link system featuring a destination search powered by Google continues to add new capabilities and is being applied to additional Hyundai vehicles. Recently introduced features such as maintenance alerts and the Hyundai Assurance Car Care in-vehicle app will debut on the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT and Hyundai Veloster in 2015.
The combined first- and second-generation or next-generation Blue Link platform is supported by several key operating partners including Hyundai AutoEver Telematics America, Verizon, Covisint, Minacs, TeleTech and Sirius XM.
BMW is demonstrating smartwatch-accessed driver assistance and automated control functions including 360-degree collision avoidance and fully-automated parking in multi-story parking garages at CES. (Earlier post.)