Covisint brings Google Glass integration to Hyundai owners

Summary:Car makers are beginning to embrace Google Glass, despite an ongoing debate over whether or not drivers should be allowed to wear the eyeglass technology on the road.

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"OK Glass, start my car."

Detroit-based cloud firm Covisint announced Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 in Las Vegas it will bring Google Glass integration to the car — specifically Hyundai vehicles — thanks to its cloud platform.

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The plan is to bring heads-up information, such as fuel alerts, nearby gas stop-offs, vehicle health reports, and other useful information, to Hyundai Genesis car owners.

Because a dashboard just doesn't cut the mustard nowadays.

Covisint said its flexible, cloud-based platform could help Hyundai improve its connected owner experience.

Hyundai's Barry Ratzlaff said the potential uses are "endless," adding: "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."

But it comes at a precarious time for Google Glass, which may not even be allowed on the driver's head when they're on the road. 

Already in some U.S. states , legislators are pushing ahead with laws that would ban the wearable gadget in the car, with the exception of law enforcement and emergency services. 

Topics: Google


Zack Whittaker is a writer-editor for ZDNet, and sister sites CNET and CBS News. He is based in the New York newsroom. His PGP key is: EB6CEEA5.

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