Hyundai Introduces Blue Link Smartwatch for 2016 Elantra GT and Veloster

Hyundai is beating people to the punch these days.  They beat Toyota and put a fuel cell powered Tuscon in showrooms months before Toyota rolled out the Mirai.  Now they’re beating everyone to the punch with a a new smart watch/smartphone app combo.
 

“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.”

 

Blue Link, introduced in 2011, is a voice-powered, fully integrated multimedia navigation system using a connected mobile phone to gather information such as traffic updates, news, weather, gas prices, news and all that jazz.  It can alert the owner to kill all functions in case of theft or emergency, something you’d expect.

 

…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 U.S. 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 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….

 

Here’s the big question:  will the app be available when Apple launches the iWatch?  Probably, but we’ll have to see.

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