By Cars.com EditorsNovember 17, 2015
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From the 2015 Connected Car Expo in Los Angeles, Cars.com editor Kelsey Mays takes a look at the Augmented Reality Owner's Manual on the 2015 Hyundai Sonata.
(engine revving) We're here on the eve of the LA Auto Show at the Connected Car Expo, where Hyundai has a new feature for its Car Care app. It's an augmented reality owner's manual.
And if you own a 2015 Sonata or plan to buy a new Hyundai soon, you're gonna want to check this out. Now owner's manuals on devices are nothing new. A lot of cars do that, but Hyundai's actually takes the camera on your device and uses it to depict in real time what you're showing the camera around the car and what to do with it. So we have a beta version of the feature here on the Car Care app. This is on an Android device. You start by setting up particularly which car you have in terms of a trim package, features, options, things like that. Then you go to this AR manual area, that stands for augmented reality manual, which allows you to look at various versions, sorry, various areas of the car, and then tap on them. So let's start by popping the hood and looking at engine, which you do right here. So there's a little bit of a loading screen that tells you just about how far you're supposed to stand from the car. Once you get through that, it actually then shows you everything under the hood and exactly what you're looking at, all the way from engine oil to coolant to air filter. And if you want to do anything in particular, let's say, check your washer fluid levels, it actually pops up a step-by-step animation here, completely overlaid on the area where it is on how to exactly go about doing that. Now the cool thing here, it resets pretty quickly in this beta version. So let's say you drop your phone accidentally, you pick it back up. It just takes a few seconds, and everything's finally back up there on the screen. Some of these activities actually do require two hands. So obviously changing the air filter, taking out the clips, stuff like that. So if you do need to actually put your phone down while you do that, it continues through sort of a static animation here that you can then basically go through step-by-step as you're changing the filter. Pretty similar interface on the inside of the car. Lots of popups here to show you kind of what you're looking at. If you need to learn how to reset the clock, pair your phone with Bluetooth audio. Some of these will actually send you to a YouTube video that shows you exactly how to do that. Essentially, just a shortcut to what Hyundai has already posted online. A few cool things about this. It's free. You don't have to own a Hyundai to actually get it. Let's say you're renting a Hyundai. You can download the app for a Sonata or something, and figure out how to pair your phone with Bluetooth. And it doesn't actually replace the real owner's manual. That actually still comes in the car. You can go old school and learn a lot more if you want. Now Hyundai tells us the augmented reality functionality with the Car Care app will be rolling out for iOS and Android phones by the end of 2015 for the 2015 Sonata. Other cars will follow soon thereafter. So stay tuned. (trunk slamming)
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