If you think digital voice assistants are just good for telling you the weather or setting you a reminder alarm then think again. If you own a 2016 or 2017 model car from Mercedes-Benz in the US, a simple “Okay Google” command can get your car started and prepped while you’re still inside the house. Mercedes-Benz has announced that all of its newer models in the US can now connect with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The AI assistants will allow drivers to do things like remote start their car using a voice command or adjust their smart home appliance settings from the driver’s seat.
In addition to a compatible car, you will need an active Mercedes Me account and a subscription to mbrace, Mercedes’ smartphone platform in the US that costs $199 a year after a six-month free trial. Then, you’ll need to link the Alexa or Google Home app with your phone’s Mercedes me app, through which you’ll be able to use the voice control features. Mercedes even released a promo video in which you can check out the system in action. Currently, it is only available in the US, although Mercedes has revealed that Europe will get the same features at some point in the near future.