Hyundai’s new Android Wear app can remotely start a car

Android Wear smartwatch owners could soon be remotely starting their cars with a simple tap of the screen.

At CES 2015 South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai will show off its new Blue Link app, which will play nice with motors fitted with the Blue Link connectivity technology.

With a tap of an icon or a voice command, Android Wear early adopters will be able start their car, find the car, and lock or unlock the doors.

Users will also be able to remote flash the lights, honk the horn, call for roadside assistance or call the Blue Link service.

In a press release (via Android Central), the company wrote: “The app is easy to use. The wearer simply taps an icon or uses voice commands to execute remote functions. The Blue Link smartwatch app allows Hyundai owners to remote start, lock and unlock doors as well as find their car in a crowded parking lot. Pushing the microphone icon on the watch activates the voice function, where the driver can execute commands such as “Start my car,” “Lock my car” or “Find my car.””

The app must be linked to an Android phone via Bluetooth in order to work, but can be operated from anywhere in the US as long as the smartphone has a Bluetooth, and cellular or internet connections. Compatible vehicles include the current Sonata models (2012 and up) as well as the 2015 Genesis, Sonata and Azera.

We anticipate that CES 2015 will be a huge event as pertains to the connected car and expect Hyundai’s preview will be one of many highlights in this sector.

The Blue Link app will be a free download from the Google Play store sometime during the first quarter of 2015.

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