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.