It’s yet another voice activated adoption for Amazon’s Alexa. Genesis, the luxury brand of Hyundai Motor Company is expanding the idea on how connected homes and connected cars can work together.
“Did I lock the car?” “How can I warm up my car on a snowy morning without going outside, get my news and still get to work on time?” These are questions that can leave many car owners feeling frazzled. But Genesis owners have an easier option as the automaker is the first to launch an Alexa skill. The new skill allows for remote voice commands to control connected elements in the vehicles.
Genesis Connected Services can take care of these tasks and more from inside the home using the Alexa voice service on Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap. The new Alexa skill for Genesis is available today across Alexa-enabled devices.
“The Amazon Alexa skill for Genesis demonstrates our progressive commitment to technology that is intuitive and customer-focused. It aligns with our belief that time and convenience are the ultimate luxuries,” said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. market. “From remotely locking your car from your living room, to starting your G90 and setting the temperature from your bedroom, the Alexa skill for Genesis offers a new level of ease for owners.”
How It Works
Amazon Alexa allows customers to send remote commands to their car from inside their home using simple voice interaction through Genesis Connected Services and an Alexa-enabled device. To send commands to Genesis vehicles via Alexa, users must enable the Genesis skill in their Alexa app available on iOS, Android and Fire tablets, and then link their existing Genesis Connected Services Account within the Alexa app. Voice commands will only be sent to Genesis vehicles after Alexa prompts owners for their Genesis Connected Services Personal Identification Number (PIN).
Over the last several weeks we have seen numerous announcements of voice activated integrations around Amazon Alexa. Where it will all land is to be seen, but this is another innovation that provides extra convenience for car owners.
As we watch this innovation unfold, it will be interesting to see if retrofit auto start manufacturers begin integrating into our smart homes. Imagine the ease of starting your car with just a voice activated command.