While some states and countries are trying as hard as they can to get Google Glass banned when in use behind the wheel, other people are embracing the possibilities of using something as hands-free as Glass to enhance your overall driving experience. Hyundai has just announced that its 2015 Hyundai Genesis car will be officially placed in the "smart" category thanks to its integration with Google Glass via the Blue Link Bluetooth system built into the car. This will allow the wearer of Google Glass to control the car, and best of all it isn't just limited to Glass either. Blue Link is Hyundai's cloud-based platform, and being cloud-based means that you'll be able to do things like remotely start your car and get service information quickly, all with just your voice. This comes just a little while after Hyundai announced it was going to start using Google Maps for its in-car navigation, which is a complete win for drivers everywhere who want the navigation perfection that is Google Maps without having to use their phone's battery.
"We see wearables as a technology trend, expanding from fitness and health monitoring to broader applications," Barry Ratzlaff, executive director, Customer Connect and Service Business Development, Hyundai Motor America. "As a leader in connected car technology, we're always exploring new ways to use technology to enhance the ownership experience for our customers. Wearables are a great way to extend the experience outside of the vehicle by leveraging these small screens to quickly access remote features and deliver timely vehicle information."
Being a 2015 car it makes a lot of sense to start integrating things like Glass into daily use, since that's probably when Glass will publicly available anyway. Hyundai has also optimized the interface for Glass and is using a card-based user interface, very similar to what you'll find on Google Now, which brings simple, easy to read information at your command. You'll even receive push notifications when the vehicle is ready to be serviced or has other important information to tell you. Blue Link will give you quite a few features too, such as remote start, remote door lock or unlock, vehicle finder for when you're in that crowded Walmart parking lot, and sending a point-of-interest to the car's in-dash navigation unit. The future is getting pretty exciting, and integration things as every day as your car will become more and more commonplace, but it has to start somewhere, and it looks like Hyundai will be the first out of the gate with this one.