With the amount of computer technology packed into cars these days, the CES event in Las Vegas which is supposed to be a fair for the fans of the latest electronic gadgets is turned into a kind of motor show. Car makers have taken over, boasting about their new in-car connectivity systems, all of which, as far as we can work out, do exactly the same thing.
The next auto maker to reveal a new infotainment system is Hyundai. Along with a growing number of car makers, Hyundai too has teamed up with Google for their Blue Link Generation 2 system. But their affair goes way deeper than just a couple of apps.
Hyundai is preparing their cars – namely the 2015 Genesis sedan – for Goggle Glass integration. They have already confirmed that the new Genesis supports wearable gadgets technology, meaning that you can operate a few of its features remotely via your Google glass. Granted, such features only appeal to colossal geeks. But hey, you know what they say: geek is the new chic!
The Google Glass Blue Link app includes a host of popular functions at launch, including: Remote vehicle start; Remote door lock/unlock; Remote Find My Car (search for your vehicle location to receive directions to it); Point of Interest search sent to the Hyundai navigation system; Search for a gas station to send to your car; Call roadside assistance; Talk to a Blue Link agent; and Locate nearby dealers.
The main enhancements for the Hyundai Blue Link Generation 2 include Destination Search powered by Google which is the best address finder in the world; Remote Start with engine timer (1-10 min.), remote stop, remote climate control and remote defroster; and Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and SOS Emergency Assistance.
Another new feature introduced at CES is the Genesis Intelligent Assistant. Compatible with the Genesis Google Glass technology, the app combines Blue Link features, data from the vehicle, the owner’s smartphone and the internet with multiple layers of intelligence. They say it saves time and provides an even higher level of convenience.
Additional features of the Hyundai Blue Link Generation 2 include:
- Integration with Apple’s Siri-powered “Eyes Free” mode
- Functionality allows owners of compatible vehicles to perform a variety of in-car tasks without taking their eyes off the road
- SD Navigation
- Pandora integration with smartphone
- SoundHound integration with smartphone
- SiriusXM Audio – 6 preset (record, play, pause, back)
- SiriusXM Travel Link and Traffic
- Sports scores and schedules
- Stock ticker
- Movie times (new feature)
- Fuel prices (new feature)
- Advanced voice recognition
- Swipe technology
- Music, video and picture storage
- Customizable home screen (my menu)