Hyundai owners now have the option of unlocking, starting and charging their car using voice commands on Amazon Alexa.
Hyundai is the first mainstream automaker to connect cars with homes using Amazon Echo and its new Blue Link skill for Amazon Alexa. Starting today, Hyundai owners can execute a series of functions right from the comfort of their home using voice commands across Alexa-enabled devices and Hyundai vehicles equipped with the second generation of Blue Link.
Owners of the all-new Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Plug-in Electric vehicles are able to start and stop charging of their cars with the ease of simple voice commands with Blue Link. Owners of the Sonata Plug-in can do the same. The Ioniq Plug-in and Sonata Plug-in are plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and the Ioniq Electric is all-electric.
Hyundai owners with vehicles equipped with the second generation of Blue Link can request other functions with the new voice commands, including: remote engine start with climate control across all supported Hyundai models; remote door lock/unlock across all Hyundai models; and, remote horn/lights across all Hyundai models equipped.
To send commands to Hyundai vehicles via Alexa, users must enable the Blue Link skill in their Alexa app available on iOS, Android and Fire tablets, and then link their existing Blue Link account within the Alexa app.
As you can see in Hyundia’s new video, voice commands from the owners receive an acknowledgement from Amazon Alexa. They can have interactions with their car like these:
Owner: “Alexa, ask Blue Link to start charging my Ioniq.”
Alexa: “Request for remote charging your Ioniq has been sent.”
Owner: “Alexa, tell Blue Link to start my car at 80 degrees.”
Alexa: “Request for remote starting your car with climate control has been sent.”
Owner: “Alexa, ask Blue Link to lock my Santa Fe.”
Alexa: “Request for remote locking your Santa Fe has been sent.”
The Blue Link skill for Amazon Alexa is compatible with second generation Blue Link equipped vehicles. These vehicles include: all 2017 model Blue Link equipped vehicles; the following 2016 model vehicles: Genesis, Azera, Tucson, Sonata (SE, Sport Limited, Sport 2.0T, Limited 2.0T, Eco 1.6T), Sonata Hybrid (Limited Ultimate package), Veloster (Tech package), Elantra GT (Tech package); and the following 2015MY vehicles: Genesis, Sonata, Azera.
Hyundai said that Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car 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.
“Our customers increasingly want more ways to interact with their vehicles, especially when they are hustling to get out the door,” said Barry Ratzlaff, executive director, digital business planning and connected operations, Hyundai Motor America, in the press release. “Linking smart devices like the Amazon Echo and Apple Watch to vehicles via Blue Link continues to fill that desire. Allowing consumers to send commands to their car is just the beginning.”
Hyundai’s announcement coincides with the start of press days at the L.A. Auto Show. The automaker will also be displaying its new Ioniq in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric versions. The company just found out that its 2017 Ioniq Hybrid just earned the highest EPA mpg rating of any car sold in the U.S. without a plug. When it arrives before the end of the year, the Ioniq Hybrid will have a window sticker showing 57-miles per gallon city, 59-mpg highway and 58-mpg combined.