Hyundai has today announced at CES 2017 that its Blue Link-equipped vehicles will soon be compatible with Google Assistant. This new feature will allow owners of new Hyundai vehicles to control various functions their cars with voice commands via Google Home…

Google Assistant support will let you control a lot of the same things that Blue Link allows you to control via your smartphone or smartwatch. For example, you can ask Google Assistant about a nearby restaurant and then follow that with “Ok Google, tell Blue Link to send the address to my Santa Fe.”

You can also use the new commands to set the temperature in your car, start charging your Hyundai IONIQ, and control other basic Blue Link functionality like locking and unlocking your vehicle, and remote start, horn and lights. Most of these commands will require you to provide your Blue Link PIN, so they’re always secure (as long as no one else is around to hear you verbally provide your PIN…).

The company’s press release offered up some examples of voice commands that are supported such as, “Ok Google, Tell Blue Link to send the address of the Mandarin Oriental, in Las Vegas to my Sonata”, and “Ok Google, ask Blue Link to lock my car”.

Other examples of commands that can be used are listed below, and Hyundai will be showing off the integration in action at Pepcom at CES on Wednesday night. It hasn’t yet announced when the functionality might become available to users, however.

We’ll be on the ground to check it out first hand, so stay tuned to 9to5Google for all the latest Android and Google-related updates this week.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — In an integration highlighting the increasing connection between cars and the home, Hyundai is demonstrating compatibility with the company’s Blue Link Agent for the Google Assistant. The integration, which Hyundai will be demonstrating at Pepcom’s Digital Experience prior to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) on January 4, allows control of various functions of a Hyundai vehicle with simple voice commands. These commands include “Ok Google, Tell Blue Link to start my Santa Fe and set the temperature to 72 degrees”, “Ok Google, Tell Blue Link to send the address of the Mandarin Oriental, in Las Vegas to my Sonata”, and “Ok Google, ask Blue Link to lock my car”.

“Our customers are finding smart home integrations like the one we are showcasing with Google Home to be very useful and convenient,” said Manish Mehrotra, director, digital business planning and connected operations, Hyundai Motor America. “We will continue to add layers of convenience to the Blue Link connected car system and our cars, making features like remote EV charge management, remote locking, temperature and remote start easier than ever while sitting on the couch and saying ‘Ok Google’.”

Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant that can provide real-time answers, activate streaming music services, smart home devices, and now, cars.

Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into Hyundai cars 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 services can be easily accessed from the buttons on the rearview mirror and center stack, the Web or via the Blue Link owners’ smartphone app. In addition to the Action on Google Assistant, some of these features can also be controlled via the latest Android Wear and Apple Watch smartwatch offerings.

How It Works

To send commands to the Hyundai Vehicles via the Google Assistant on Google Home, engineers developed a way to link a customer’s Blue Link Account with the Google Assistant voice activated services. Once a customer has successfully linked his or her account, Remote Service commands will only be sent to Hyundai vehicles after the Google Assistant prompts owners for their Blue Link Personal Identification Number (PIN).

Examples of Exchanges between Google Home and Hyundai Blue Link

Example User Statement to Google

Assistant

Example Google Assistant’s

Response to User

“Ok Google, Find me a great steakhouse in Las Vegas.”

“The address I found for a great steak house in Las Vegas is SW Steak House at 3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109.  Do you wish to send it to your Sonata?”

“Ok Google, tell Blue Link to send the address to my Santa Fe.”

“The destination has been sent.”

“Ok Google, what is the weather like today?”

“Today’s forecast for Ann Arbor is 38 degrees with rain and snow.”

“Ok Google, ask Blue Link to Start my Tucson and set the temperature to 75 degrees.”

“To remote start and set climate control of your Tucson please say your Blue Link PIN.”

“9115.”

“Your request to remote start and set climate control of your Tucson has been sent.”

“Ok Google, Tell Blue Link to start charging my IONIQ”

“Please say your Blue Link PIN.”

“1978.”

“Your request has been sent. Your IONIQ is now charging.

Blue Link Action on Google Home demonstration features include:

  • Sending a destination to the car’s navigation system
  • Remote horn/lights
  • Start and stop charging of Hyundai plug-in vehicles
  • Remote Start with Climate Control

Hyundai will have more features before launching this Action on Google Home into production.