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Friday, April 21, 2017

Mercedes Connecting to Amazon Echo and Google Assistants

The breadth of this is most interesting.  All their new cars can link to both of the most common  assistants.  Seems an indicator of popularity of the assistant idea as yet not seen.   A first true link between Smart Home and Smart Car.    Next steps?  In theVerge: 

Mercedes-Benz is connecting the Amazon Echo and Google Home to all its new cars ...   by Andrew J. Hawkins  @andyjayhawk

Mercedes-Benz announced today that all of its 2016 and 2017 vehicles in the US can now connect with both Amazon and Google’s digital voice assistants.

Starting today, Mercedes owners can instruct their Google Home or Amazon Echo to remotely start or lock their vehicles, as well as send addresses to their in-car navigation system. But a promo video by Mercedes shows a much more frightening use-case: using these digital voice assistants to compensate for incredibly stupid behavior, like leaving the house with both the iron and stovetops on at full blast. ... " 


Ford is integrating Alexa into its cars.  It was the first to do this.

Hyundai is working with Google Home.

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