An attendee at 2015’s Consumer Electronics Show tries out Hyundai’s smartwatch app. (Associated Press)
Want to pretend you’re a secret agent every time you start your car? Then Hyundai’s new Blue Link smartwatch app is for you.
The app, specially designed for watch screens, lets you do everything from lock and unlock your car to start and stop the engine, all from your wrist, just like a suburban James Bond.
Hyundai’s Blue Link is the company’s proprietary smartphone app that lets you control a variety of aspects of your car from anywhere in the world as long as you have a Wi-Fi or cell signal. It’s available now for smartwatches running Google’s Android Wear software, with a version for the yet-to-be-released Apple Watch coming soon.
So, if you own a smartwatch and a compatible Hyundai, you can do things like check in on your car parked in New York City while you’re standing in San Francisco.
The app also lets you start and stop your car’s engine, as long as your car comes with remote start; lock and unlock the doors; flash the lights and honk the horn to find it in a crowded parking lot; locate your car in a general area; and even call for roadside assistance.
A look at the wrist starter on Hyundai’s smartwatch app. (CNET)
The new smartwatch app is basically an extension of the Blue Link smartphone app, so anything you can do with your phone, you can do with your Android Wear watch. And because Android Wear watches feature voice controls, you can bring your car to life with the sound of your voice, too.
What’s really cool about the Blue Link smartwatch app is that it is backward-compatible with all Blue Link-equipped Hyundai’s dating back to the company’s first-generation vehicles released in 2012. So you don’t need the absolute newest cars to get the app.
There’s just one thing missing from the Blue Link smartwatch app: a rocket ejector seat option. Come on, Hyundai!