With the goal of bringing an "intelligent ecosystem" inside and outside their cars, esteemed manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has created a new service that involves the use of voice assistants.
The German-based company known for their luxury vehicles has decided to connect the Amazon Echo and Google Home into their 2016 and 2017 vehicle models that will enable owners to start or lock their automobiles remotely, among other things, according to a report from The Verge.
"We want to offer our customers a broad range of services 24/7, not just when they are in our cars," said the head of Mercedes-Benz North America's Internet of Things and Wearable Integration, Nils Schanz, in an official statement. "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," he added.
Through the integration of the voice assistants, vehicle owners can also shoot addresses to their navigation systems for remote navigation input, as well as requests for points-of-interests, the report added. "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,'" explained the automobile company.
Mercedes-Benz vehicle owners who wish to utilize the new service must first have an active Mercedes me account, which they will use to subscribe to "mbrace," to gain access to connected car services. These requirements come on top of downloading either the Amazon Echo or Google Home.
Meanwhile, other luxury automobile manufacturers have also opened their doors to similar services, according to a report from Fortune. Competitors like BMW and Genesis have also added connectivity to their vehicles to provide remote accessibility, among others. BMW has the BMW Connected feature, which is a cloud-based service that is connected to Amazon Alexa, while Genesis also partnered with Amazon.
With the growing trend in voice assistants and remote accessibility among luxury vehicles, the prospects of other manufacturers joining the fold may not be far on the horizon.