Owners of the new Hyundai Genesis sedan could use Google Glass for “pre-drive” operations like remote starts and route planning, according to Hyundai Motor Co. Hyundai will offer an app designed for Glass and other “wearable” electronic devices starting with the 2015 Genesis. The feature will be an extension of Hyundai’s current Blue Link in-car system that provides diagnostic and maintenance services, the carmaker said.
According to Hyundai spokesman Miles Johnson, the Glass application is only “for pre-drive operations” not when one is behind the wheel. “The goal is that when you get to the car to start your trip, the drive is less stressful,” Johnson told Bloomberg. Hyundai, however, is not alone. Nissan Motor Co. and Mercedes-Benz earlier expressed plans to incorporate wearable data devices with their vehicles.
Google has released technical specifications for its Glass computing device in April 2013 to allow software developers to create apps for the Web-enabled glasses. Google has been investing in Glass as it gambles on consumers shifting their focus to wireless devices that allow them to easily take photos, check e-mails or listen to music without having to look at their smartphones or computers. Hyundai is demonstrating the Glass-enabled system Jan. 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, before the International Consumer Electronics Shows, Johnson said.
“Genesis is a unique take on luxury where the owner experience is enabled through the intelligent application of technology, features and services that empower the owner,” said Mark Dipko, director of Corporate Planning and Strategy at Hyundai Motor America. “We feel this vehicle is a great product to showcase how the latest technology can enhance the ownership experience and give owners more time and convenience.”