Starting your Hyundai could soon be as simple as saying a few words. The automaker today announced it has integrated its Blue Link telematics service with the Google Home voice-recognition speaker.
Google Home is a small home speaker device that can respond to queries from users and will now be able to interact with a connected Hyundai model. For instance, Hyundai says you could ask the device, “OK Google, Tell Blue Link to send the address of the Mandarin Oriental, in Las Vegas to my Sonata,” or, “OK Google, Tell Blue Link to start my Santa Fe and set the temperature to 72 degrees.”
The functionality largely mirrors what Hyundai already launched for the Amazon Alexa service, which uses the Amazon Echo speaker system. As with the newly announced Google service, it allows Hyundai owners to lock, unlock, start, and send navigation directions to their car through the Blue Link service. On plug-in vehicles, like the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid, owners can even ask Google to start, stop, or manage charging times for the car. For security reasons, some requests, like unlocking or starting the car, require the owner to speak his or her four-digit PIN to Google Home or Amazon Alexa before the action begins.
Hyundai spokesman Miles Johnson says that the Amazon Blue Link integration has been a hit with owners. “The people that use it absolutely love it,” he told Motor1.
Hyundai has long worked with Google on in-car connectivity; the automaker was the first to launch Android Auto and last year said it might partner with Google on other connectivity products. Hyundai is also developing a special, Hyundai-specific version of Android Auto for future models.
Gallery: Hyundai Blue Link Google Home integration
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).