Beginning with the new Genesis, owners will be able to operate their car with their headset or smartwatch as well as their smartphones.
Even if the overwhelming majority of consumers are less than sold on the idea of smart headsets like Google Glass, Hyundai believes that wearable devices are a growing trend and that the company should support them in the same way it already does smartphones.
The company is developing wearable device apps that will give drivers control over functions such as locking and unlocking doors, remote engine start and diagnostics information.
In the case of Google Glass that will mean creating ‘cards’ that each contain vehicle information optimized for the device’s small screen that the wearer can scroll through. Push notifications will also inform the driver when the car needs a service and enable him or her to automatically make a phone to arrange an appointment with a Hyundai garage.
The first car to support wearable device apps will be the 2015 Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan.