Cars enabled with Blue Link services will be able to activate services remotely, such as finding destinations and controlling the temperature
Over the past few weeks, Google Home has increased the ability to do things like order pizza and play games, but a new partnership with Hyundai seems to expand the power of the speaker beyond the living rooms.
At CES this week in Las Vegas, Hyundai is showing a new integration with Google Home, which will allow you to start or shut down your car by saying “OK, Google.”
According to a press release, Hyundai cars enabled with Blue Link services will be able to activate services remotely, such as searching for destinations, blocking ports and controlling the temperature by asking Google Assistant to perform the selected action. As the Korean automaker explains: “Once a customer has successfully linked their account, Remote Service commands will only be sent to Hyundai vehicles after the Google Assistant asks the owner for the Blue Link personal identification number. ”
Hyundai was one of the first car manufacturers to allow drivers to control their cars from their smartphones and smartwatches, so it’s no surprise they jumped to Google Home so quickly.
Earlier, the automaker announced that its services would be integrated into the Amazon line of products powered by virtual assistant Alexa, starting with Genesis. At the time, the company promised that all 2017 vehicles and most of the 2016 models would be upgraded with the feature. Of course, all this connectivity comes at a price. Along with a newer car model, Blue Link comes out at $ 199 a year for blocking and remote start capabilities and another $ 99 for guidance capability, although discounts are available for longer contracts. Hyundai has not yet said when integrating with Google Home will be available but promises that extra features will be added before it’s released.
You do not need to own a Sonata to get excited at the prospect of using Google Home to control your car. Asking about the weather or news is cool, but to really make the speaker something useful, he needs to be more of a real assistant than a party trick. And Google’s ability to start your car when you’re running to get ready for work is a fantastic sign of what’s to come.