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Hyundai to become first mainstream automaker to offer augmented reality owner's manual

By Shawn Knight
Nov 12, 2015
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  1. Owner’s manuals of all sorts are now offered digitally but how many do you know of that also make use of augmented reality? That’s the aim of Hyundai Virtual Guide, the upcoming owner's manual app from the South Korean automaker.

    With the app, users will be able to simply point their smartphone or tablet’s camera at a section of their car they want to learn more about. Hyundai said it used consumer surveys to determine which parts and features on a vehicle were most confusing or difficult to understand and built the app around them.

    When it launches later this year, the app will be able to recognize more than 45 major features of the 2015 Sonata model (additional models will be added over time). The company said the owner’s manual app further includes 82 how-to videos and more than 50 informational guides to assist owners with maintenance, repairs and vehicle features.

    As for the augmented reality section, the app can identify and provide information about the air filter, smart cruise control, Bluetooth phone pairing, warning indicators, clock, engine oil, brake fluid, fuse box and smart trunk.

    Today’s vehicles are more computer-driven than ever with complex infotainment systems, innovative safety features and loads of creature comforts. Having a digital manual with you at all times full of how-to videos and guides certainly sounds like a desirable amenity.

    The Hyundai Virtual Guide will arrive in the App Store and on Google Play later this year.

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  2. You know what I'm looking for. Augmented realty on my wind shield, some navigation transparent arrow showing left and right.
     
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  3. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,653   +523

    If you need to this to locate the ignition switch... GET OUT OF THE CAR AND TAKE THE BUS and wtf is a "Smart Trunk" I didn't realize a trunk could be smart, I just have my amp/sub, a tool box, cleaning stuff in there, if I put a microprocessor in there does it qualify as "smart"

    Also I didn't realize Hyundai owners did things like check their oil let alone venture in to their fuse boxes, these are people who think DRLs are fine for night driving and can't park between a set of parallel lines, not people who actually know anything about cars, oh wait, hence why they need an app for that. Hahaha
     
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  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,509   +2,056

    Bah! It's nothing more than a flashy marketing gimmick.
     
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,557   +2,900

    I know my trunk is not smart, I'm quite often called a dum-bass.
     
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  6. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Addict Posts: 170   +70

    This will at least put a stop to owners putting engine oil in place of washer fluid.
     
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  7. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,653   +523

    LMAO Nice! Didn't even think of that.
     
  8. Capaill

    Capaill TS Addict Posts: 291   +93

    It's a clever app. I like the concept. Now give me one for my telly so I can figure out what all the Smart options are for.

    And, like Mr Mister, I too am looking forward to the day we get a HUD either built into or projected onto the windscreen for the purpose of satnav, displaying speed, etc or highlighting potential dangers ahead.
     
  9. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +56

    Why don't they make a transporter beam instead of a fancy manual. I don't remember the last time I even looked at the manual they are so wrong.
     

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