Hyundai Blue Link To Debut Smartwatch App At CES 2015
Hyundai has announced a revamped technology that will let its customers start, stop, lock and unlock their cars from a distance by using only their smart watch.
Dubbed Blue Link, the next-generation remote starter technology will be demonstrated at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from Jan. 6 to 9 and at Pepcom’s Digital Experience also in Las Vegas on Jan. 6.
The “Blue Link” Android Wear app will let users locate, unlock and start their cars from their wrists, Hyundai revealed in an announcement today. The app should theoretically work with any of the company’s Blue Link-connected cars. But with Android Auto picking up steam, Hyundai will likely soon not be alone in offering functionality like this.
“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 of the customer connect and service business development for Hyundai Motor America, in a press statement. “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.”
Hyundai says the app will be made available in the first quarter of this year, and will land for free on the Play Store. Hyundai cars with Blue Link? A bit more costly, but still well worth the cool factor.