Keyless entry and push start are passé. Face, voice and gesture recognition are the tech features in vogue now. Every other automaker is showing these as part of the technology package in their future vehicles. Now, Korean auto major Hyundai taken things a bit further by introducing solutions that integrate cars to their owners’ homes. Shown at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas today, the technology allows Hyundai owners to control various functions of their vehicle with simple voice commands. This has been achieved by linking the brand’s Blue Link telematics service with the Google Home, which is a voice-activated speaker powered by Google Assistant that provides real-time answers to queries, activates streaming music services, and smart home devices.
With this integration, owners can now lock, unlock and start their vehicles using voice commands given from inside their home. They can also search for destinations and send the navigation information to their cars through the Blue Link service, and even ask Google to start or stop charging the car, in case of plug-in hybrids like the Ioniq. To make these communications secure, Google Assistant prompts owners to provide their Blue Link Personal Identification Number, especially before executing commands for unlocking or starting the car.
“Our customers are finding smart home integrations like the one we are showcasing with Google Home to be very useful and convenient,” says Manish Mehrotra, director, digital business planning and connected operations, Hyundai Motor America. “We will continue to add layers of convenience to the Blue Link connected car system and our cars, making features like remote EV charge management, remote locking, temperature and remote start easier than ever while sitting on the couch and saying ‘Ok Google’.”
Virtually, anything you ask after saying “Ok Google” will elicit a response from the Google Assistant, so you can first enquire about the current weather conditions in your area, and then ask it to start the car and set the temperature inside accordingly.
Hyundai says it will add to the list of functions that can be controlled from home, before launching Google Home in production cars.