Hyundai offers its customers a very interesting service called The Blue Link service, which basically lets car owners control their cars remotely. For example, you can start your car and even lock/unlock it with the help of your smartphone, Apple Watch or Android Wear device. It also offers automatic emergency support in addition to remote control.
And now, to take this service to another level, the South Korean car manufacturer announced a partnership with Google on 3 January at the CES 2017. CES is an annual global consumer electronics and consumer technology trade show that takes place every January in Las Vegas. This new feature will allow owners of new Hyundai vehicles to remotely control various functions of their cars with voice commands using Google Home.
If you’re unfamiliar, Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. One can ask it questions and even get it to do things for you. A simple voice request can trigger Google Home to play podcasts, music or radio from platforms like Google Play, Spotify and YouTube. Furthermore, Google Home can easily connect with smart devices like Chromecast, Nest and Philips Hue, and let’s you use your voice to set the perfect temperature or even turn down the lights!
Obviously, you can’t drive your car remotely, but you can still access some pretty cool controls with the help of Google Home. It is not really difficult to use as all you have to do is tell Google Home to start your car, lock/unlock it, or send addresses to your vehicle. Blue Link supports Google Maps, so Google Home can find addresses using Google’s mapping data and successfully send directions to your car, all by using voice control. You can also use the new commands to set the temperature in your car, start charging your Hyundai IONIQ, and control other basic functions like horn and lights. Most of these commands will require the owner to provide their Blue Link PIN, so that the controls are always secure.
Of course, none this is exactly new as Hyundai offers similar support through smartphones and smart watches. However, this is definitely one of the first official integrations for controlling a car remotely with the help of a digital home assistant and we’re all pretty excited about it.
Hyundai claims that more features are going to be added soon but they have not yet clarified on what these additional features might be. They have further, not even specified an exact date as to when this Google Home integration will be officially released. We’ll keep you updated once more news comes in!