Audi’s model was shown with an LG smartwatch. It has the ability to lock/unlock a car as well as remote start it. It also uses Near Field Communications (NFC) so it can work even if the battery dies (so you won’t get locked out of your car). Audi sees the watch as a “mobile key.” No availability was announced.
Hyundai actually set a time frame of early 2015 for true smartwatch compatibility for its vehicles with Samsung, Motorola, Sony and LG watches.
Users will be able to download a free BlueLink app from Google Play that will allow remote start from a Hyundai as well as door lock/unlock and “find my car.”
The company said it plans to offer compatibility with the Apple Watch in the future.
The watch must be paired over Bluetooth to your smartphone running the BlueLink app.
Hyundai said, “Connecting to your car through a smartwatch and voice recognition was previously something seen only in science fiction movies. Now, we can provide this capability to owners of Hyundai vehicles equipped with Blue Link,” according to Barry Ratzlaff, executive director, customer connect and service business development.