Back in 2011, Hyundai had premièred Blue Link-a fully integrated multimedia navigation system- on the 2012 model of Hyundai Sonata. Now, they’ve taken it up a notch higher. Hyundai owners, who also own a smart watch- can now control their cars using a new Android Wear version of the Blue Link app. Remote car control- on your wrists.
In addition to gathering information such as traffic updates, the weather, fuel prices, news and sports, you can remotely start and stop your engines, remotely lock and unlock doors (handy in cases of carjacking- yes, you’ll come to know about that too) and find your car. Hyundai says all the cars equipped with Blue Link since it was introduced in 2011 will be compatible with the smartwatch app.
The Android Wear version will be later upgraded with more Blue Link features- like Tire Pressure monitoring, Telematics unit, Electronic power steering, meaning you can be constantly updated about the health of your car.
Requirements? A Bluetooth link, and a data connection. The app will connect the smartwatch to the Blue Link app on your smartphone via Bluetooth. The best part? You don’t need to worry about the range of access- the Blue Link platform is cloud based and it’ll work as long as it’s got a data connection.
The Blue Link app is free on Google Play Store. Oh, and it’s got voice control too- say “Start my car” out loud to your watch, and it’ll happen.
Hyundai will showcase the upgraded version of Android Wear app on 2016 Elantra GT and Veloster at the Pepcom’s Digital Experience and at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The cars are set to launch later this year. This is touted as Hyundai’s exploration into how wearable technology and Blue Link fit into a customer’s lifestyle. Well, as long as I don’t get weird looks for talking to my watch, this is perfect.