Mercedes-Benz is enabling smart home automation for all of its 2016 and 2017 cars. Starting today in the U.S., vehicle owners who happen to have either an Amazon Echo or Google Home will be able to operate their car with voice commands. Obviously, you can’t drive with your voice, but you can start your car or send an address to your vehicle for GPS turn-by-turn navigation.
Mercedes explains possible commands below.
For instance, customers with Google devices can simply say, “Ok, Google, tell Mercedes me to start my car,” and it will remotely start the customer’s car. Another available feature includes remote lock. With Alexa devices, customers can say, “Alexa, ask Mercedes me to send an address to the car” for remote navigation input and point-of-interest requests.
To set up voice control via Echo or Home for your Mercedes-Benz vehicle, you’ll need an active Mercedes me account and an active mbrace subscription. From there, you’ll have to download the Google Home or Amazon Echo app to your phone and connect that to the Mercedes me app. It’s just a bunch of rig-a-ma-roll, but it may be worth it in the end.
According to Mercedes, their motive behind today’s announcement is to further make customers’ lives easier and more convenient. By using Amazon and Google’s home automation technologies, the company believes they can offer a broader range of services that are available 24/7.
“We want to offer our customers a broad range of services 24/7, not just when they are in our cars,” says Nils Schanz, Head of IoT and Wearable Integration at MBRDNA. “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.”
Mercedes says the feature is rolling out to all of those in the U.S now, with those in Europe to get the same function in the future.