The automotive industry is continuously developing to address today’s needs and demands. As a consequence, this domain is already shifting the attention to environmentally friendly engines, self-driving vehicles, and futuristic looks. Digital personal assistants represent the latest blending between engineering and technology. For instance, Mercedes customers will be able to engage in conversations with their own cars.
Certain Mercedes Customers Can Connect Their Cars to Amazon Echo or Google Home
The luxury automaker has just announced the inception of a top-notch service that is in tune with today’s technologies. Mercedes customers that own 2016 and 2017 car models will be able to communicate with their vehicles. This open line will be supported by either Google Home or Amazon Echo.
As a consequence, these car owners will no longer have to do a series of activities manually. For instance, they can turn on the engine from afar just by instructing a personal assistant “Alexa, start my car.” There will be a lot of other utilities of the new service. Drivers can ask their digital assistants to prepare them an address. By the time they take their places, their cars will be already set up with the instructions for the desired destination.
The new feature will start being operative by the end of 2017 in Europe. As for America, this project is already up and running. Nils Schanz is the CEO of Internet of Things and Wearable Integration at the research headquarters in Silicon Valley. He explained this latest direction of his company as a way to keep Mercedes customers connected to their vehicles all the time.
“Mercedes-Benz’s goal is creating an intelligent ecosystem around cars, and developing cutting-edge technology to make everyday life more convenient for our customers.”
Ford, BMW, and Genesis Are Already Offering This Service
However, drivers who wish to take advantage of this cutting-edge technology have to go through several steps first. They need to sign up for a “Mercedes me” and “mbrace” accounts. These two services enable clients to gain online control over one’s vehicle through their smartphone. Next up, the owners have also to possess any of the two compatible home automation devices.
Mercedes-Benz is one of the many automakers that chose this path. Ford, BMW, and Genesis have already worked on allowing their customers to connect their vehicles to artificial intelligence technology.
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