Hyundai to become first mainstream automaker to offer augmented reality owner's manualBy Shawn Knight 8 comments
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.