Google Glass is Google’s super hyped wearable device. If you haven’t heard of it, you must be living under a rocks at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The device is expected to go public later this year. So far the company has only offered it on an invitation-only basis.
The public release is expected around April 2014, but we don’t have any official word yet. Is it the next iPhone? That remains to be seen. Apps will make it break it though. Hyundai knows this and is working on one for owners of its 2015 Genesis sedan. In fact, Hyundai has announced that several of its next generation cars will be compatible with Google Glass through an app that will be released along with the 2015 Genesis.
The app will let you locate your vehicle, start it, lock or unlock the doors and send addresses to the navigation system via Google Glass. It will also push notifications to the headset to alert users that maintenance on the vehicle is due. Basically anything and everything you could need will be available, because it will only get more features. What can’t it do? Barry Ratzlaff, an executive director at Hyundai, says that wearable devices are a great way to “extend the experience” outside of vehicles and that this will let the company deliver timely vehicle information straight to the owner. It sounds very promising, but we will have to see it in action to really know.