Genesis introduces Augmented Reality Owners Manual

genesis augmented reality owners manual

New tech replaces paper manual

Every car that we test drive and review we open the glovebox and right there taking up most of the available space is the owner’s manual and service book.

But carting around a paper version, often hundreds of pages long, is about to be a thing of the past.

Genesis, the luxury car brand owned by Hyundai, has just started giving U.S. buyers the opportunity to get to know all the features and functions of their car via Augmented Reality (AR).

The Genesis Augmented Reality Manual (or Genesis Virtual Guide) is available for the 2017 Genesis G80 and Genesis G90 as a free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

They say that the Genesis Virtual Guide is “a modern take on the traditional owner’s manual, allowing consumers to use their smartphone or tablet to get how-to information for repairs, maintenance and vehicle features”.

Check out the AR manual in operation…

Genesis Virtual Guide - How it Works:

Users simply launch the Genesis Virtual Guide app on their device and select their vehicle. Once the Virtual Guide is open, the user can select engine, interior, exterior, instrument cluster or Genesis videos from the menu.

Users hold their smartphone or tablet camera in front of the area of the car when they need more information, then simple to understand visuals appear.


The engine section contains an AR manual and a pictorial index. Positioning a device camera over the engine bay gives AR maintenance instructions for each part of the engine.

The engine pictorial index provides the same content without using the camera.


Inside the interior section there is a button scanner, 360 virtual reality (VR) and an additional pictorial index.

The button scanner uses the device camera to identify interior button functions and educates owners about those buttons via video.

The 360 VR tool generates a 360-degree virtual reality experience of the interior. The user simply moves the phone or tablet around or swipes to explore the interior and access how-to videos.

The interior pictorial allows the user to tap all the same icons in the 360 VR without moving the device.

Instrument Cluster

The instrument cluster tool helps to educate owners on warning and indicator lights and pop-up LCD messages.


On the outside, taking a picture of the front, rear or trunk with the AR capture brings to life important exterior features.

“The Virtual Guide is going to wow our owners,” says Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S.

“Our mobile app strategy is designed around empowering our customers and helping them to save time and frustration.

“The Virtual Guide provides our owners with a new way to learn about and get to know their vehicles.”

Not yet available in Australia, we will keep you updated as further news on this new tech comes to hand.

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