Covisint brings Google Glass integration to Hyundai owners

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. 

Topic: Google

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  • Talk about an idioticly deadly gimmick

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

    The current way it's handled works perfect - why flash "low fuel" in front of a driver's eye when the little dash light or audible warming does so far more effectively?

    Do you need unimportant vehicle health alerts flashing in front of the driver's eye, when having it displayed on the cars present display center would be better?

    I really don't want someone rear ending me at the stop light because their car decided it's a great time to flash some low tire pressure or whether alert in their line of sight.
    • Exactly

      I have already encountered with few dunderheads, just not limited to teen drivers, immersed in their little smartphones while driving. Now this makes it more worse. This is not only limited to driving. I had been bumped into by few facebook/twitter/texting idiots in malls. These people won't notice that they heading towards a wall until last moment and panic.
      Ram U
    • It could be better

      Imagine that at start-up, I get an overview of all the minor (non critical) alerts? While driving you could get a real-time notification of speed-limitations, obstacles and other notables?
      Ivan Jans
      • You get that already. this is NOT needed

        and you still haven't answered my concern about having you vision impaired at a crucial second in time. Is that a good idea?

        These glasses bring absolutely nothing to driving. It's all a gimmick, with safety as the victim.
  • Covisint brings Google Glass integration to Hyundai owners

    I've been wanting a HUD in a car for the longest time and wondered why they haven't done it. I'm not talking about an airplane HUD but something that would display on the lower part of the windshield such as the speedometer or a sensor that can tell where the line is on the road for those really dark back roads. It would make GPS a lot easier too. I would think this system could be safer because you would not be looking down at the other displays.
    • "I've been wanting a HUD in a car for the longest time..."

      There are several makes with HUDs, and have been for quite a few years. Just have to do a search Sparky.

      And as for those "really dark back roads"...ever thought of using your HIGH BEAMS? Apparently not.
      • High beams

        High beams? Gee why didn't I think of that? Of course I've tried them. Have you tried them at night when its raining? Or on a road with no reflectors? Apparently not.