Back in January at the CES in Las Vegas, Hyundai announced that the Blue Link app for Android Wear will be ready by first quarter of the year. True to its promise, the smartwatch app is now ready for download from the Google Play Store for any of the Android Wear-running wearable you have. Obviously, it came before the iOS version because the Apple Watch is yet to be released.
Most of our techie dreams are slowly becoming a reality. Talking to a smartwatch to find your car is now possible. Sure, you can already do that with a smartphone linked to your Hyundai car but communicating with a smartwatch seems much cooler. This Blue Link Smartwatch App is compatible with the 1st and 2nd-gen Blue Link-equipped Hyundai vehicles. It follows voice recognition so you can simply talk to that tiny device on your wrist and command an action.
Can’t remember where you parked your car? (Oh, forgetful you…) Ask your smartwatch where your vehicle is. Or maybe you forgot which car you used that day? Well, the smartwatch can just locate your car…that is, if car is a Hyundai and Blue Link connected. You can even remote start the car with with your smartwatch now, as well as, with a desktop, tablet, or laptop. See? We’re already living the sci-fi dream.
Hyundai Motor America’s Executive Vice President for Customer Satisfaction Frank Ferrara believes Hyundai car owners will be happy with the news. He said, “Blue Link subscribers and gadget lovers will appreciate a more convenient way to interact with their Hyundai vehicles.” “It is like being James Bond 007 or Scotty in Star Trek,” Ferrara even added.
The smartwatch app works over cloud, therefore, your devices must be connect to the Internet all the time. It also needs Bluetooth connectivity so you can make use of the remote functions from anywhere. To take advantage of the app, simply use voice commands or tap an icon on your smartwatch screen to find, start, or lock your car. Just say “Find my car”, “Start my car”, or “Lock my car”, and your wearable will communicate your command with your Blue Link-enabled Hyundai vehicle. Just make sure that you also have the Blue Link app on your mobile phone.
You can enjoy the Blue Link app on your Sony SmartWatch 3, Moto 360, LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, or even the latest models from these companies. As for Hyundai vehicles with Blue Link platform, there’s the Sonata 2012 and 2013 models. Hyundai is also bringing the technology to 2015 models of the Azera, Sonata, and Genesis.
Download Hyundai Blue Link from the Google Play Store