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Hyundai plans to reinvent the car owner's manual with a detailed virtual guide (available on a tablet or phone)

Hyundai has announced a modern take on the traditional owner’s manual usually found inside a car’s glove box. The automaker will soon be launching an augmented reality guide to help users with repairs, maintenance and vehicle feature information.

In the future, virtual manuals like this could be implemented in other categories, such as furniture assembly, household appliances, or electrical devices.

Hyundai’s AR manual aims to make owners more familiar with their vehicle’s capabilities. It will enable them to use their smartphone or tablet to get how-to information. Initially, the Hyundai Virtual Guide is compatible with the 2015 Sonata model, and soon after it will become available for additional models. The guide recognizes more than 45 major features of the Sonata and contains 82 how-to videos, six 3D overlay images that appear once users scan different areas of their vehicle, and more than 50 informational guides.

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