The Japanese automaker has decided to add new connected features to its lineup, but interestingly enough it has also worked out a retrofit that can accommodate models as far back as 2013.
Certain Infiniti models will have a new integrated feature allowing for access to voice command support from Amazon Alexa Skills for remote command of their vehicles – they can issue voice commands for locking the doors, honking the horn or even starting the engine. The feature comes as a free upgrade for subscribers to the company’s InTouch Services or Infiniti Connection telematics programs and covers vehicles from the 2018 to 2013 model years. Series such as the 2013 M37, M56, JX35, QX56 all the way up to 2018 Q50, Q50 Hybrid, QX60, Q70, QX80 are supported, either through Infiniti Connection or the newer Infiniti InTouch Services.
Owners can download the appropriate software from the Amazon Alexa Skills Store and pair it with their vehicle, afterwards using their smartphone to perform voice commands. For example, “Alexa, ask Infiniti InTouch Services to start my Q50,” or “Alexa, ask Infiniti Connection to lock the doors of my Q60.” For security reasons there are commands – such as starting the engine – that also require a four-digit code confirmation. Infiniti is not the only one offering Amazon Alexa integration to its customers – BMW group is equipping from mid-2018 its BMW and Mini vehicles, while Hyundai is offering on all 2017 model year vehicle with the Blue Link smartphone app the same Alexa support.