Android Wear smartwatches can now remotely start Hyundai cars

Android Wear smartwatches can now remotely start Hyundai cars

With a view to expand the usability of smartwatches, Hyundai has released a new app called Blue Link to let car owners remotely start their cars directly from a smartwatch. The new app is now available for Android Wear smartwatches but would get an expanded support for the upcoming Apple Watch.

Hyundai explains that its Blue Link app will enable car owners to use smartwatches to find their cars in a crowded parking lot or to lock doors, alongside remotely starting their engines.

The app uses Bluetooth connectivity to make a connection between the smartwatch and a car. Once connected, wearer can simply taps an icon or even use voice commands to execute remote functions such as “Start my car”, “Lock my car” or “Find my car”.

Blue Link app on Android Wear smartwatches

Blue Link app on Android Wear smartwatches

In terms of key features, Blue Link app has remote engine start, remote engine stop, remote door lock/unlock, remote flash lights/honk horn, car finder, call roadside and call Blue Link.

Commenting on the release of Blue Link app for Hyundai cars, Frank Ferrara, executive vice president, customer satisfaction, Hyundai Motor America, said:

“Blue Link subscribers and gadget lovers will appreciate a more convenient way to interact with their Hyundai vehicles. Now you can remote start your car with your smartphone, smartwatch, laptop, desktop or tablet. It is like being James Bond 007 or Scotty in Star Trek.”

Blue Link app is available for free download on Google Play Store and is compatible with all the available Android Wear smartwatches. But, on the downside, it executes remote functions only in the US and as long as the connected smartwatch has Bluetooth and cellular or Wi-Fi connection.

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