After the 2015 Hyundai Genesis goes on sale later this year, the luxury sedan will offer connectivity with "wearable" computers like Google Glass. The wearable connectivity features will mirror what many Hyundai vehicles already offer through the Hyundai Blue Link smartphone app.
Owners who use the software on Google Glass or similar wearable computers will be able to lock, unlock, and remote-start their 2015 Hyundai Genesis through the app. The app will also let owners see service and maintenance information on Google Glass, or to use the vehicle locator feature. The Blue Link app, available for Apple iPhone and Android smartphone, already provides much of the same functionality.
"We see wearables as a technology trend," Hyundai Customer Connect executive director Barry Ratzlaff said in a statement. "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."
Hyundai says the Google Glass app won't be available until next year. The 2015 Hyundai Genesis, however, should go on sale in the U.S. market this spring. The new luxury sedan continues to offer buyers a choice between a 3.8-liter V-6 and a 5.0-liter V-8 engine, but the 2015 Hyundai Genesis has a new, stiffer chassis and an improved suspension. When we drove the car in South Korea, we wrote that the new Genesis, "has the polish and refinement of a second effort, but it doesn't startle us the way its predecessor did. In a way, that's a testament to the first car's success—the idea of a luxury car from Hyundai no longer seems so novel."