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January 8, 2014

Hyundai owners to get Google Glass integration

Hyundai Genesis will enable drivers to access vital vehicle information.

By Ben Sullivan

Hyundai has proven its seriousness in deploying the use of wearable technology by debuting a platform that uses Google Glass to allow drivers to analyse data readouts from their vehicles.

The platform, made by Covisint, uses cloud to send statistics such as owner services, vehicle safety information, service records, infotainment and other applications to the owner of the vehicle wearing Google’s wearable technology.

"Google Glass offers an innovative opportunity for Hyundai to define and extend the customer brand experience outside of the vehicle," said Barry Ratzlaff, Executive Director, Customer Connect and Service Business Development for Hyundai Motor America.

"Hyundai Blue Link, combined with Google Glass and powered by Covisint cloud technology, delivers a unique experience for customers that makes popular features and functions even more convenient to access. The potential uses are endless."

The platform, unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, specifically includes remote starting, point-of-interest (POI) searches, vehicle location, fuel alerts and nearby gas information, vehicle health reports, diagnostic and maintenance alerts, temperature and HVAC controls, roadside assistance and Blue Link call center engagement.

It will first be available to a limited number of "Explorers" – early adopters of Google Glass technology – and rolled out to larger populations of Hyundai owners soon after.

"The new ‘Internet of Things’ reality – with billions of connected devices coming online – rewards companies and technology that place the owner at the center of the digital-auto equation," said David McGuffie, Covisint President and Chief Executive Officer.

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"Hyundai is a bold innovator that listens and responds to its customers, and Covisint is proud to provide the platform to help redefine our customer’s path to automotive and business success."

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