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Hyundai Links Cars to Google Assistant

Users can operate some features of their Hyundai cars through their Google Home smart home systems.
Posted Jan 3, 2017
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Korean automaker Hyundai this week will introduce Blue Link Agent for the Google Assistant, an integration that will allow users to control functions of their Hyundai vehicles with simple voice commands delivered through their Google Home smart home systems. 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 of digital business planning and connected operations at Hyundai Motor America, in a statement. "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 and activate streaming music services, smart home devices, and now, cars.

Hyundai 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 accessed from buttons on the rearview mirror and center stack, the Web, or via the Blue Link 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.

To send commands to the Hyundai Vehicles via the Google Assistant on Google Home, engineers developed a way to link Blue Link accounts 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).

Blue Link Action on Google Home demonstration features include the following:

  • Sending a destination to the car's navigation system;
  • Remote horn/lights;
  • Start and stop charging of Hyundai plug-in vehicles; and
  • Remote Start with Climate Control.

Hyundai will have more features before launching this Action on Google Home into production.


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