Hyundai Blue Link comes to Apple Watch with remote car controls, locator tool

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Hyundai has released a Blue Link app for the Apple Watch, bringing many of the same vehicle remote control features present in the Blue Link iPhone interface to Apple's first wearable.

Users of the app — included with the iPhone software — can start and stop their engine remotely, and lock or unlock doors. The app can also control some other car functions, for instance flashing lights to help spot a car at night.

A car finder links with Maps to more precisely locate a vehicle, and provides a specific address and distance. In instances of metered parking, drivers can set a timer and add any relevant notes.

One important feature of the Watch app is voice control, making it possible to skip the app's menu system.

To use the Watch app, people must not only have an iPhone but a Blue Link subscription and a vehicle compatible with the platform. The iPhone app itself is a free download.