Carmakers explore Google Glass’ compatibility with vehicles

Article by Anita Panait, on January 24, 2014

With the upcoming release of Google Glass to consumers this year, a few carmakers are already planning to integrate the wearable devices into their infotainment systems. Such plans could determine whether Google Glass is a clever and effective way of transmitting collision warnings to the driver or is a potential distraction on the road.

At the recent International Consumer Electronics Show, carmakers and other companies unveiled a number of uses for wearable devices like Google Glass. For instance, Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz plans to integrate the device into their infotainment systems this year. Harman International, meanwhile, is developing an app that would use the Google Glass to display collision warnings. For Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz, Google Glass is a device that could only be worn before or after a trip but not while a vehicle is cruising on the road.

In 2013, Mercedes-Benz executives said Google Glass could serve as a navigation aid that could be integrated with a vehicle's mapping system. Before a trip, a driver could download their destination from Google Glass into the vehicle's navigation system. Once the driver arrives at the parking lot, he could use Google Glass to locate his destination on foot.

When the driver goes home, he could use Google Glass to locate the parking lot. Hyundai also has similar uses in mind. The South Korean carmaker has tapped Covisint to integrate Google Glass with its Blue Link infotainment system.

In a statement early this month, Hyundai listed several possible uses for Google Glass like maintenance reminders, remote start, remote door-locking, vehicle finder and point-of-interest destination downloads. As for Harman, it developers view Google Glass as a medium for safety warnings while a vehicle is in motion. That is possible as drivers can spot a warning icon on the Google Glass pane without having to take their eyes off the road.

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