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Hyundai to Show Off Smartwatch App at CES

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/2/2015 Erick Ayapana

Hyundai previously announced it will show off its smartphone-based infotainment system at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and now the automaker says it will also unveil a new smartwatch app.

The Blue Link smartwatch app won’t do anything extra fancy like summon your Hyundai to come to you, but it does add another layer of tech for gadget-hungry Hyundai owners. Essentially an extension of the cloud-based Blue Link smartphone app, the Blue link smartwatch app will allow Hyundai owners to remotely start and stop the engine, lock and unlock the doors, flash the lights, and honk the horn. The app also has a Car Finder feature, which should be helpful in busy parking lots or if your Hyundai should ever get stolen. The smartwatch app will also feature voice command capability.

Hyundai Blue Link Smartwatch© Provided by MotorTrend Hyundai Blue Link Smartwatch

Hyundai says the smartwatch app will work with first-generation Blue Link or next-gen Blue Link, which has already rolled out in a number of models including the 2015 Hyundai Genesis and Sonata. At CES, Hyundai reps will demonstrate the app on Samsung, Sony, Motorola, and LG smartwatches. The app will be available for download on Google Play for free beginning early this year.

As previously reported, Hyundai will also debut its new Display Audio smartphone-based infotainment system at CES. Here, Display Audio will integrate either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto into the system, allowing the control of messaging, call, navigation, and audio functions. Following CES, which takes place January 6-9, Hyundai plans to roll out Display Audio by 2016.

Source: Hyundai

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