LOS ANGELES — Hyundai showed off its all new Virtual Guide augmented reality owner’s manual app at the 2015 Connected Car Expo at the Los Angeles Auto Show. They are the first mainstream automaker to take your owner’s manual and make it available on your smartphone or tablet.
The virtual guide app will show drivers how to change their air filter, change their engine oil and brake fluid, and pair your smartphone to your car. In addition, it will explain what warning indicators really mean. It will be a free download from the Apple App store and Google Play.
“The really cool thing is that it uses augmented reality to show you what different functions do,” said Miles Johnson, manager of connected car publicity at Hyundai Motor America. “It works really well on just about any interior feature that you want. It does the back seat and the trunk and it also does the engine bay. Some people don’t even know where their washer fluid is or how to check their engine oil. It takes out the mystery of what I need to do to keep my car running smoothly.”
Have you ever wondered what your check engine light means? What about setting your clock? How do you activate the smart cruise control feature? The Virtual Guide app is here to help.
In all, there are 82 how-to videos, 50 informational guides and six 3D overlay images that appear once users scan areas of the engine bay.
The Virtual Guide app will launch on the 2015 Sonata. Then, it will expand across the entire line-up of Hyundai vehicles shortly thereafter.