FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai becomes the first mainstream automaker to connect cars with homes using Amazon Echo and its new Blue Link skill for Amazon Alexa. Starting today, Hyundai owners have the convenience of locking, unlocking and remote starting their vehicles from the comfort of their couch, kitchen or bedroom using voice commands. The new Blue Link skill for Amazon Alexa is available across Alexa-enabled devices and Hyundai vehicles equipped with the second generation of Blue Link.
"Our customers increasingly want more ways to interact with their vehicles, especially when they are hustling to get out the door," said Barry Ratzlaff, executive director, digital business planning and connected operations, Hyundai Motor America. "Linking smart devices like the Amazon Echo and Apple Watch to vehicles via Blue Link continues to fill that desire. Allowing consumers to send commands to their car is just the beginning."
Adding even more convenience to the ownership experience, owners of the all-new Hyundai IONIQ Electric and Plug-in Electric vehicles are able to start and stop the charge of their cars with the ease of simple voice commands with the Blue Link skill. Hyundai owners can request various functions of their car including:
Remote start and stop charging of the Hyundai IONIQ Electric, IONIQ Plug-in and Sonata Plug-in
Remote engine start with climate control across all supported Hyundai models
Remote door lock/unlock across all Hyundai models
Remote horn/lights across all Hyundai models equipped
At home, a Hyundai owner can experience interactions like these:
Owner: "Alexa, ask Blue Link to start charging my IONIQ."
Alexa: "Request for remote charging your IONIQ has been sent."
Owner: "Alexa, tell Blue Link to start my car at 80 degrees."
Alexa: "Request for remote starting your car with climate control has been sent."
Owner: "Alexa, ask Blue Link to lock my Santa Fe."
Alexa: "Request for remote locking your Santa Fe has been sent."
Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car 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 can be easily accessed from the buttons on the rearview mirror, the web or via smartphone app. In addition to the new Blue Link skill, some of these features can be controlled via the latest Android Wear™ and Apple Watch™ smartwatch offerings.
"We're excited to work with Hyundai to expand their Blue Link skill for Amazon Alexa to more cars with Blue Link," said Rob Pulciani, director, Amazon Alexa. "Being able to complete simple tasks like locking your car doors, set your car temperature, and more—all with just using your voice from inside the comfort of your home—is a magical experience. We can't wait for Alexa and Blue Link customers to try out this new skill."
The Blue Link skill for Amazon Alexa is compatible with second generation Blue Link equipped vehicles. These vehicles include:
All 2017 model Blue Link equipped vehicles
The following 2016 model vehicles: Genesis, Azera, Tucson, Sonata (SE, Sport Limited, Sport 2.0T, Limited 2.0T, Eco 1.6T), Sonata Hybrid (Limited Ultimate package), Veloster (Tech package), Elantra GT (Tech package)
The following 2015MY vehicles: Genesis, Sonata, Azera.
How It Works To send commands to Hyundai vehicles via Alexa, users must enable the Blue Link skill in their Alexa app available on iOS, Android and Fire tablets, and then link their existing Blue Link account within the Alexa app. Voice commands will only be sent to Hyundai vehicles after Alexa prompts owners for their Blue Link Personal Identification Number (PIN).
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and In-Vehicle Service Scheduling.