Hyundai announced this week that it’s has added built-in Amazon Alexa support, allowing owners of its cars to control all sorts of functions with just their voice. The capability is available for Hyundai owners who have the second generation of Hyundai Blue Link in their cars, and allows you to unlock, lock, or even remotely start your car by asking Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant.
“Alexa Ask Blue Link to start my car,” you might say on a snowy winter morning. “Alexa, ask Blue Link to lock the car doors,” you might shout from the couch, realizing you’ve left your car unlocked on the street. You can even get more specific with commands like “Alexa, tell Blue Link to start my car at 80 degrees.” You don’t want a cold cabin after all. Hyundai even added remote charging support for its electric vehicles, with commands like “Alexa, Ask Blue Link to start charging my IONIQ.”
Wondering if your Hyundai is supported? The automaker says all 2017 Blue Link equipped vehicles will work, as well as: “2016 models of the Genesis, Azera, Tucson, Sonata (SE, Sport Limited, Sport 2.0T, Limited 2.0T, Eco 1.6T), Sonata Hybrid (Limited Ultimate package), Veloster (Tech package), Elantra GT (Tech package).” It’s also supported by the 2015 Azera, Genesis and Sonata.
Alexa is coming for your car
How to control your Hyundai with Alexa
Setup is relatively easy. All you’ll need to do is open the Amazon Alexa app on your iOS, Android or Fire device and install the Blue Link skill. Once it’s installed, you’ll be able to control your Hyundai from any number of Alexa-powered devices including the Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot. Hyundai considered security, too, and said that voice commands will only work after you’ve told Alexa your Blue Link PIN, which means some bozo can’t start remotely with your car during this year’s Christmas party.