Google Glass pre-drive app eyed for 2015 Hyundai Genesis

Article by Anita Panait, on January 9, 2014

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.”

Hyundai’s 2015 Genesis presents a genuinely contemporary design owing to distinct exterior style with a smooth, upmarket look. Arousing a quality feel, the design elements show an all-new Hyundai aesthetic: minimal and flowing design with fluid, sophisticated components. The design has the latest Hyundai look, with an attractive hexagon front grille as a main linear element, a vibrant fold accent that runs along the sides of the automobile, and a vibrant rear styling.

Design forms express a dynamic sophistication, depending more on ample body sections than exterior details to fashion vivid shapes. Dimensions illustrate an elongated dash-to-axle span, lengthier wheelbase, and lower overhangs than its prior version. These dimensions convey clearly the high-performing rear-drive structure under the sheet metal.

The single-framed 3D-hexagon grille guarantees that the front of the new Genesis is not just attractive, shown in semi-glossed chrome, but also embraces available HID headlights, LED indicators, and fog lights. In silhouette, the Genesis day opening is more animated, with flowing outlines and combined surfaces, a smooth C-pillar helps to accentuate the sporty style. The back of the new Genesis is furthered by a sculpted aesthetic with fully LED jewelled tail lights.

INTERIOR DESIGN

The interior configuration of the new Genesis is designed to the benefit of every occupant with a roomy, comfortable environment. The simplified switchgear and instrument panel allow for an innate layout and openness. This user-centred design seeks to link the many interior parts efficiently, especially the centre stack with the console, top-instrument panel, and B-pillar with the headliner. The Genesis presents crisply precise fittings and finishes, with ergonomically designed seats and an ample, natural feeling. Specific design attention has been given to the stowing of practical objects like mobile devices of every shape and size, as well as the adaptability of the cup holders.

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