- Hyundai unveils novel Blue Link smartwatch app at 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
- App includes remote vehicle controls and voice-recognition capability
- All new and used Blue Link-equipped models will be smartwatch-compatible
With the growing popularity of smartphone-like smartwatches, it was only a matter of time before a forward-thinking automaker connected the dots. That automaker turns out to be Hyundai. Its Blue Link smartwatch app has just debuted at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Developed in concert with Station Digital Media, the app underscores the Korean giant’s current focus on cutting-edge vehicle technology.
As the name suggests, the Blue Link app works on any Hyundai model that includes the company’s Blue Link telematics suite, which first appeared on the 2012 Sonata sedan and is now widely available. Users must first pair the app to a smartphone via Bluetooth. Once it’s ready to go, an impressive range of features are at your fingertips or are a simple voice command away. Highlights include remote engine start, vehicle location and roadside assistance, essentially replicating the functionality of the Blue Link smartphone app in a handy wrist-mounted wrapper.
Hyundai has designed the new app for numerous smartwatch models. Major manufacturers Samsung, Motorola, Sony and LG offer compatibility right off the bat, and the Android version of the app is a free download on Google Play. Look for Apple to follow suit when the Apple Watch arrives this spring.
What it means to you: Some of our staffers have never tried a smartwatch, but others swear by them. If you fall into the latter group, you’ve got one more reason to like where Hyundai is headed these days.