Said to be launched sometime at the end of this year, Hyundai looks set to be the first car manufacturer to introduce an Augmented Reality 2D/3D Owner’s Manual for smartphones and tablets instead of a traditional booklet – The Hyundai Virtual Guide app.
“The Virtual Guide is aimed at educating our owners on how to use the functions and features of their vehicle. We modernized the idea of an owner’s manual to provide the highest-quality user experience for the growing population of tech savvy consumers.” said Hyundai USA Customer Satisfaction Vice President Frank Ferrara.
According to Hyundai, consumers are almost always online in one way or another. The app allows them to use their portable device in order to get information for repairs, maintenance and features of the car.
Once launched, the app is said to be compatible with the 2015 Sonata, recognising more than 45 major features of the model using two and three-dimensional tracking technology. Users can simply position the device’s camera over the part and receive information on it immediately.
Hyundai is said to have done a survey and produced 82-how-to videos, six 3D overlay images and over 50 informational guides for the app including information on air filter, smart cruise control system, Bluetooth phone pairing, warning indicators, clock, engine oil, brake fluid, fuse box and smart trunk.