Amazon’s Echo-based assistant Alexa is making inroads into the car infotainment system business. Luxury car maker Genesis Motors have linked their G80 and G90 to Alexa, allowing remote control of their cars by voice.
The catch, you need Genesis Connected Services to use the feature. Genesis Connected Services links the Alexa service built into Amazon Echo, Tap, Echo Dot and Fire TV with the Genesis G80 and G90 to send remote car commands from inside homes. For those without the Echo, Genesis G90 owners receive a complimentary Amazon.com Gift Card,and you can use that to buy an Amazon Echo*.
At launch, Amazon Alexa skill for Genesis features Remote engine start with climate control, door lock/unlock, horn/lights. You can start your engine remotely, and ask the car to set it up at your desired temperature through Alexa.
BMW is working on an Alexa skill for its new BMW Connected app, which will arrive in September. Car owners can check their remaining fuel levels and lock their car doors via voice commands. Genesis Motors have gone a little further, eliminating the app.
The Echo-based assistant adds new integrations every day. These Genesis Connected Services and BMW app integrations take Alexa to new bounds. Ford has an early lead with Echo integration, letting people start their car and check range via Alexa.