Mercedes-Benz has recently announced that all of its 2016 and 2017 vehicles in the US would now be able to connect with both Amazon and Google’s digital voice assistants.
With the help of this integration Mercedes owners can now instruct their Amazon Echo or Google Home to remotely start or lock their vehicles, as well as send addresses to their in-car navigation system. The video below however shows Mercedes-Benz creating an intelligent ecosystem around its cars with the help of cutting-edge technology.
Mercedes isn’t the first automaker to recognise the potential of artificially intelligent
third party digital voice assistants. At CES earlier this year, Ford unveiled its plan to roll out Alexa-equipped vehicles. Around the same time, Hyundai announced a new partnership with Google to add voice control through the Google Home.
To make life easier for car owners, Hyundai has built an augmented reality app called the Virtual Guide. It allows Hyundai owners to use their smart phones to get more familiar with their car and learn how to perform basic maintenance without delving into a hundred page owner’s manual.
Here is a short demo video of the app from The Verge at CES 2016…
The Virtual Guide app will be available in the next month or two for the 2015 and the 2016 Hyundai Sonata and will come to the rest of the Hyundai range later on this year.
To launch the new generation i30 in South Africa, Hyundai reinvented the test drive with the Hyundai i30 Light Drive, an innovative virtual racing game that was projected onto the i30’s front windscreen, and was played inside the car. South Africa’s hottest nightspots in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town were targeted and anyone at anytime could experience the car’s slick, dynamic features, while competing for the top spot on the leader board.
Two-man teams worked together on the track to collect icons, which represented the i30 specs, to power-up and better their score. Hyundai also linked the i30 Light Drive to Facebook Connect and HD cameras that streamed the live test-drive to a large screen outside so people could watch the players compete. Photos of the teams were also instantly posted onto their timelines. People queuing to play were educated and entertained with a touch screen brochure on the i30’s rear windscreen.
The Hyundai Elantra was named 2012 North America Car of the Year. Then Hyundai came out with 2 new Elantra models i.e. the Coupe and the GT and the purchase decision got harder. So to make it an easy decision once again, they created a Driveway Decision Maker.
By combining Google Street View, projection mapping and real-time 3D animation, Hyundai enabled prospective buyers to actually see what an Elantra would look like in their own driveway.