At CES, Hyundai is announcing some new smart car features, adding on to their existing Blue Link infotainment system and introducing the Genesis app, a smartphone companion designed to streamline core smart car features.
The Blue Link system is still at the core of Hyundai’s smart car technology. We first saw Blue Link in 2011, but a new enhanced version of the infotainment system is now in the works, and will be seen in the 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan coming this spring. With the new additions, you’ll be able to voice search for destinations, with the results powered by Google. For safety, automatic collision detection will send out emails and SMS messages to designated emergency contacts, should you be in an accident. The new enhancements will also enable you to remotely start or stop the car, while adjusting the heater, air-conditioner, and/or defroster. Those new features bring us to Hyundai’s big new announcement, the Genesis app.
The Genesis app is a smartphone app you can use to take advantage of all those remote commands mentioned above. The best part is that the app does the hard work for you – if you use a calendar or planner to store your appointments and reservations, the app will send you notifications telling you when you need to leave to be on time, based on distance and weather and traffic conditions. Those notifications will give you the option of turning on the car early – if it’s too hot or too cold out, you can get your car to a comfortable temperature before you leave. Once you get in the car, the app can bring up directions to your destination, which change according to road conditions and traffic. It’s everything you need to get from point A to point B comfortably, with as little input from you as possible.
You’ll also get notifications about fuel levels, or if there is something going wrong with your car that might require the attention of a mechanic. The Blue Link infotainment features can be controlled using the Genesis app, too, including a host of Internet radio services.
Hyundai even has a Google Glass app in the works, although I’m not sure how that’s going to work, because there still seems to be some confusion over whether or not it’s even legal to use Glass on the road. Fortunately, the Glass app has plenty of uses for when you’re outside your car – finding your car, remotely locking and unlocking it, remotely adjusting the climate in your car, or searching for a nearby gas station. Those with Glass can also use the app to contact a Blue Link representative or call for roadside assistance. In fact, it looks like Hyundai has been pretty careful in leaving out most features that would be useful while you’re driving, especially those related to controlling the infotainment features.
But, it’s the Genesis app that seems like the winner here, just for the simplicity it provides – without so much as lifting a finger, you can know exactly when to leave to get somewhere on time, and have your car ready, waiting, and comfortable when you head out. Pretty convenient stuff.