The emergence of new in-vehicle technologies is among the most interesting trends in the automotive industry, and that innovation was put on display at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). That’s where Hyundai rolled out its next-generation Blue Link system, which impressed so much that it took home one of LAPTOP Magazine’s Best of CES 2014 awards.
If you opt for the next-generation Blue Link system with your new Hyundai vehicle, here’s what you can expect: remote-start capability, Automatic Collision Notification and SOS Emergency Assistance systems, and Google’s destination search, which includes voice recognition. And these are only some of the many technological innovations that are on the horizon for Hyundai’s upcoming models.
Here are four others to keep your eye on:
1. Genesis Intelligent Assistant: This app would send you proactive alerts and recommendations before you begin your drive, such as reminding you to remote start your car on a cold day. Genesis Intelligent Assistant incorporates Blue Link features with data available from your smartphone, vehicle and the Internet to figure out what is most relevant to you.
2. Blue Link Glassware: This program will allow you to interact with your vehicle remotely through wearable devices, including Google Glass. The cloud-based Blue Link Glassware, which will be available with the all-new Hyundai Genesis sedan, enables you to access service information and start your car remotely.
3. Google Android access in the car: As we highlighted earlier, Google is teaming up with Hyundai and three other automakers to make the Android operating system fully accessible on the infotainment system of your dashboard. This platform is slated to become available by the end of 2014.
4. SoundHound app identifies music on the spot: If you’ve ever heard a new song you liked and wanted to learn the name of your new favorite tune, Hyundai’s infotainment system will be able to identify the name of it for you. Hyundai and Kia are partnering with SoundHound, a sound-recognition specialist, to develop an app that will identify a song or artist at the push of a button. The app would also keep track of each of your searches, allowing you to go back and add them to your playlist later on.