Hyundai Blue Link-enabled cars can now be voice-commanded remotely via Google Home

Article by Christian A., on January 5, 2017

Now, you can control your car from the safety of your home. That is if you’re using Google Assistant-powered Google Home and your car is any of the Blue Link-enabled vehicles from South Korean carmaker Hyundai.

Hyundai will be unveiling at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show the seamless integration between its Blue Link Agent and the Google Assistant – allowing customers to connect with their Hyundai cars even though they are in the confines of their house doing some household chores. This integration is made possible through Google Home, a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant.

Through this small device, users could voice-command Google Assistant to do a number of functions. For instance, a user may voice-command Google Assistant to activate and control smart home devices. Moreover, a user may also voice-command Google Assistant activate streaming music services. Now that it has been integrated with Blue Link Agent, Google Assistant could now be used to activate cars. Yes, users could voice-command Google Assistant – without going inside a Blue Link-enabled vehicle – to remote start their Hyundai units or even remote lock them. All a user should do is to start the command phrase with “Ok Google” and tell it to send a request to Blue Link.

For example, you wanted to start your Hyundai Sonata and set the cabin temperate at a certain level. Then all you have to do is issue a voice command through Google Home like “Ok Google, ask Blue Link to start my Sonata and set the room temperature at 70 degrees.” If you forgot to lock your Veloster and you are already preparing a meal, you can issue a voice command saying “Ok Google, tell Blue Link to lock my Veloster.” Easy, isn’t it? In case of electrified Hyundai units, customers may ask Google Assistant to tell Blue Link to manage the recharging of their vehicles.

For security reasons, Google Assistant will require users to speak their Blue Link Personal Identification Number through Google Home before it could connect their voice commands to the telematics system. While the PIN has to be spoken out -- which means it is not too secret (or too secure) anymore -- an eavesdropper/imposter will need to have a similar voice pattern with the user. That’s added security.

Manish Mehrotra, director, digital business planning and connected operations for Hyundai Motor America, remarked that the carmaker will further add more layers of convenience to the Blue Link connected car system to allow customers to better control vehicle functions even though they are in the comforts of their home.

Press Release

HYUNDAI COLLABORATES WITH GOOGLE ASSISTANT IN FURTHER CONNECTING HOMES TO CARS

In an integration highlighting the increasing connection between cars and the home, Hyundai is demonstrating compatibility with the company’s Blue Link Agent for the Google Assistant. The integration, which Hyundai will be demonstrating at Pepcom’s Digital Experience prior to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) on January 4, allows control of various functions of a Hyundai vehicle with simple voice commands. These commands include “Ok Google, Tell Blue Link to start my Santa Fe and set the temperature to 72 degrees”, “Ok Google, Tell Blue Link to send the address of the Mandarin Oriental, in Las Vegas to my Sonata”, and “Ok Google, ask Blue Link to lock my car”.

“Our customers are finding smart home integrations like the one we are showcasing with Google Home to be very useful and convenient,” said 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’.”

Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant that can provide real-time answers, activate streaming music services, smart home devices, and now, cars.

Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into Hyundai cars with technology like Remote Start with Climate Control, Destination Search powered by Google®, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link services can be easily accessed from the buttons on the rearview mirror and center stack, the Web or via the Blue Link owners’ smartphone app. In addition to the Action on Google Assistant, some of these features can also be controlled via the latest Android Wear™ and Apple Watch™ smartwatch offerings.

How It Works

To send commands to the Hyundai Vehicles via the Google Assistant on Google Home, engineers developed a way to link a customer’s Blue Link Account with the Google Assistant voice activated services. Once a customer has successfully linked his or her account, Remote Service commands will only be sent to Hyundai vehicles after the Google Assistant prompts owners for their Blue Link Personal Identification Number (PIN).

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