Hyundai annouces new smartwatch app

5 Jan 2015

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Hyundai's Blue Link smartwatch app

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Hyundai is to release a new Android smartwatch app that will feature tech the automobile manufacturer says has been “seen only in science-fiction movies”.

Once paired with a smartphone via Bluetooth, Hyundai's cloud-based 'Blue Link' platform will include features like remote engine start, remote door lock and unlock, plus a car finder that helps users find their vehicle in crowded parking garages. To develop the tech, the company partnered with Station Digital Media, a California-based design and consulting firm.

"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."

Hyundai will unveil the Blue Link smartwatch app at Pepcom’s Digital Experience in Las Vegas later today on Samsung, Motorola, Sony and LG smartwatches. US-based Android Wear users can download the app from Google Play for free starting in the first quarter of 2015.

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