FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- Think controlling a car with a watch is a thing of the future? Think again. Hyundai owners can now remotely flash their car's lights in a crowded parking lot, lock the doors and even start it from almost anywhere from their wrist using the new Blue Link app for Apple Watch. As a leader in connected cars, Hyundai is always looking for new ways to connect owners to their vehicles. The latest Blue Link app update, which includes the companion app for Apple Watch, is available as a free download on the App Store.
"Giving customers more ways to connect with their cars is what it is all about," said Frank Ferrara, executive vice president, customer satisfaction, Hyundai Motor America. "The Blue Link Apple Watch app complements all of our other high-tech features. Drivers can get into a Sonata today and find iPhone integration, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection and a smart trunk that will open automatically when you stand behind it."
Hyundai's cloud-based Blue Link platform allows features like remote start and service information to be quickly accessed through devices like smartwatches and smartphones. The new app is easy to use. The wearer simply taps an icon or uses voice commands to execute remote functions. 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 Blue Link Apple Watch app works with first and next generation Blue Link equipped Hyundai models. The first generation Blue Link system rolled out on the 2012 Sonata and expanded across the lineup through 2013. Next generation Blue Link equipped models include the 2015 Genesis, Sonata and Azera. The Apple Watch app provides all Blue Link users, including first generation owners, with even more freedom of choice when interacting with their Hyundai.
Blue Link Apple Watch app features (all voice activated):
- Remote Engine Start
- Remote Engine Stop (Only available when vehicle is in remote engine start mode)
- Remote Door Lock / Unlock
- Remote Flash Lights / Honk Horn
- Car Finder
- Vehicle Status
- Parking Meter