Hyundai to offer Google Glass integration

00:30, Jan 10 2014
Jen Shepherd Moore wears Google Glass, which is to be integrated with Hyundai's luxury Genesis sedan at the launch at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
LUXURY LINK: Jen Shepherd Moore wears Google Glass, which is to be integrated with Hyundai's luxury Genesis sedan at the launch at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Hyundai will offer Google Glass integration in its new-generation Genesis sedan.

The South Korean brand has announced that coming models will be able to interact with the driver through wearable technology via an in-built application, Blue Link, that will be offered in 2015.

The cloud-based platform will allow drivers to access service information and even start their car using the eyepiece, with push notifications for maintenance reminders, remote locking and unlocking, and vehicle locating assistance - helpful when you forget where you parked at the shops.

"We see wearables as a technology trend, expanding from fitness and health monitoring to broader applications,"  says Barry Ratzlaff, executive director customer connect and service business development for 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."

There's no indication as to what aspects of the wearable technology will be available for use from the driver's seat, though.

It's not yet clear what legal ramifications there could be for wearing technological devices such as Google Glass in this part of the world, but there have already been instances of drivers being booked for using the technology - which is in pilot trial mode - in the US.

Hyundai's Genesis will also offer the benefits of a personal assistant, telling you when you need to leave for an important meeting and having the engine started and the cabin set at the right temperature ready for you.

Following on from that, it has revealed its Genesis Intelligent Assistant App can proactively send its owner messages via their smartphone in preparation for their upcoming travels.

By linking into the owner's calendar, the app can remind the driver to remotely start the vehicle for between one and 10 minutes on a hot or cold day to ensure the cabin is at a comfortable temperature when the driver arrives. It does so by tapping into the weather and the postcode of where the vehicle is located at the time.

By using live traffic information, the app can also send reminders about when to leave depending on congestion.

The Genesis will also include Hyundai's latest infotainment system, featuring Apple's Siri eyes-free mode, advanced voice recognition, a customisable home screen, integrated Pandora and SoundHound internet radio apps and gesture command ‘swipe' technology to adjust the volume.

The owner can also program a number of emergency contacts into the system that, along with the emergency services, will be notified by email and/or SMS if the vehicle is involved in an accident.

-Fairfax News Australia


Genesis Intelligent Assistant App
FEATURE: Remote start is one function among many that can be sent on a smartphone via the Genesis Intelligent Assistant App in preparation for upcoming travels.