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Automakers are striving to seamlessly integrate smartphones with their products, but Hyundai has gone one step further.
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis will have an updated version of the company's Blue Link infotainment system that can interface with wearable smart devices like Google Glass.
To do that, Hyundai has adapted its existing mobile app--which allows owners to check their vehicle's status remotely, and control certain functions like remote start--for Glass' smaller screen. Since less information can fit on the screen, Hyundai designed special "cards" to display vehicle information.
Owners can also receive Push notifications regarding maintenance, and call a dealer to schedule an appointment without having to pull out their phones.
"Wearables are a great way to extend the experience outside of the vehicle by leveraging those small screens to quickly access remote features and delivery timely vehicle information," Hyundai Motor America executive director, Customer Connect and Service Business Development Barry Ratzlaff said.
Note that Hyundai is emphasizing the usefulness of wearable-device integration for when drivers are away from their vehicles. While the day customers demand an infotainment system that can connect with Google Glass as well as it connects with an iPhone will inevitably come, it will probably create some distracted-driving issues.
Hyundai isn't the only carmaker trying to find a use for Glass: Mercedes-Benz has a new navigation system that is compatible with the device. Perhaps a Glass-enabled lap video function will replace the digital lap timers found on some new cars.