Smartwatch-wearing Hyundai owners just gained more remote control over their vehicles thanks to a new Android Wear version of the company's Blue Link app. Announced today, the app gives drivers the ability to access remote vehicle operations right from their wrists, such as starting and stopping the engine, locking and unlocking the doors, and activating safety features like flashing the headlights or honking the horn. Users will be able to locate their car or call roadside assistance from the app as well.
The app connects any Android Wear watch to the Blue Link smartphone app via Bluetooth, and there's no range limit — the controls can be accessed from anywhere as long as there's a data connection. It also takes advantage of Android Wear's voice control capabilities, allowing for commands like "start my car," or "lock my car." The Blue Link system was originally launched in 2012 and is available in a number of Hyundai's 2015 models like the Sonata, Genesis, and Azera. The South Korean car maker will be debuting the Android Wear app next week's Consumer Electronics Show.