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Hyundai Blue Link for Android Wear hands-on at CES 2015
Whether we’re talking about Audi, Viper or a number of other car manufacturers, we’ve certainly heard seen auto makers embrace wearable technology in the past. Not more than a few days ago, Hyundai announced their Blue Link service Android Wear integration would be shown off at CES 2015. While Blue Link has been around for about three years now, the company has just made their service compatible with Android Wear, and the company is at CES 2015 to give us a first-hand look.
Once the Blue Link app is loaded on to your Wear device and your smartphone, it’s pretty easy to navigate from there. Either flip through your list of installed apps, or simply say, “Okay, Google. Start Blue Link.” You’re then presented with a clear list of all available actions, including: remote engine start, door lock, remote engine stop, door unlock, flash lights, set off horn/lights, car finder, call roadside and call Blue Link. If you’d rather speak your selection, there’s a small microphone button on the top-right of the app that allows you to choose your option by voice dictation. No matter what option is chosen on the app, the user must enter a 4-digit PIN code to proceed with the action.
Blue Link is a service built from the ground up by Hyundai, and is currently available on all Hyundai cars except for the Hyundai Accent. Due to the deep integration into the vehicle Blue Link requires, Hyundai tells us that Blue Link cannot be retrofit into a Hyundai car without the technology. Hyundai has also been slowly adopting the Android Auto platform, and they tell us we can expect to see Blue Link integration with the technology in the future.
You can expect to see the Blue Link Android Wear application available sometime in the near future. Make sure you stay tuned to Android Authority for more CES 2015 coverage!