The well known “Ok, Google” now also works inside Blue Link-enabled Hyundai models – so firing up your vehicle might become as simple as ushering a few words.
The South Korean automaker – a proponent of such high tech features (they were among the first to feature Carplay and Android Auto or Amazon Alexa integration), has recently revealed it has enabled its Blue Link telematics service via the Google Home voice-recognition speaker. In case you didn’t know, the Google Home is a small home speaker device that can interact with users – and now also with a connected Hyundai. It will be able to perform queries such as “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.”
This is actually about the same functionality already present with the Amazon Alexa service, which on its own uses the Amazon Echo speaker system. The newly announced Google service also allows Hyundai owners to lock, unlock, start, and send navigation directions to their cars using the Blue Link service. On plug-in vehicles, the user can also ask Google to start, stop, or manage charging times for the car. There are also security features – for example unlocking or starting the car will prompt the speaker to call for the owner’s four-digit PIN.