Auto manufacturers love integrating your smartphone with your car. It means that they no longer need to manufacture one of those key fobs for you, and it also gives them a chance to show off their car’s “digital connectivity,” by which we mean it can send a message to a cell phone, which is less impressive when you realize anybody with access to Radio Shack can do the same thing.
Nonetheless, car apps have gotten slicker. But none slicker than Hyundai’s app for the Veloster and Sonata models with Blue Link.
The app does the basic tricks we all know about: lock and unlock, remote start, honk the horn. More impressive, though, are the deeper functions.
For example, you can use the app to run a diagnostic on your car, so if you’re broken down on the side of the road, you’ll have a better idea of what’s happening. There’s a car finder for locating your car at the mall. And, most impressively, you can note down points of interest and send them to your car, so, for example, you can hit a restaurant for lunch on a road trip without having to squint at signs.
It’s not for all cars, of course, and you’ll need Blue Link, but still, it’s impressive how useful this app is.
I want more like this!
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