Hyundai announces its 2015 Genesis will boast full Google Glass integration, a move that may contradict certain safe driving guidelines.
Wearable (smartwatches, Google Glasses, etc.), unlike smartphones, are technically ‘hands-free’ devices, and so one can argue that the use of Google Glasses behind the wheel is within certain safety guidelines.
According to Hyundai, the integration Google Glasses means that drivers will have quick access to all the information they want without having to pull out a smartphone. The company intends to launch the Blue Link Glassware app alongside the 2015 Genesis so that consumers will be able to link their wearables to their car.
“We see wearables as a technology trend, expanding from fitness and health monitoring to broader applications,” said Barry Ratzlaff, executive direct of Customer Connect and Service Business Development at Hyundai North America. “Wearables are a great way to extend the experience outside of the vehicle by leveraging these small screens to quickly access remote features and deliver timely vehicle information.”
Hyundai’s take on wearables and their impact on the automotive industry is progressive, but we’re sure the company will meet some obstacles down the line when safety regulators catch on to the automaker’s plan.
Law makers in various places have been trying to dumb down the use of gadgets such as Google Glasses, fearing that this type of tech will become too invasive in certain areas—strip clubs, movie theaters, you name it. There’s certainly nothing too invasive about using Google Glasses in your own car, but there’s definitely the distraction factor that comes with the images/videos that are beamed directly into a person’s eyeball as they’re driving.
Hyundai has not disclosed what the safety guidelines should be regarding the usage Google Glasses in the next-gen Genesis.
Source: Hyundai PR