Mercedes-Benz adds both Alexa and Google Assistant connectivity

 mashable.com  4/21/2017 10:15:02 PM   Brett Williams

Mercedes-Benz is giving drivers an even smarter luxury experience and adding some AI assistant power to its newest vehicles.

All Mercedes-Benz models from 2016 and 2017 are now compatible with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, taking the smart home experience out on the road.

The AI assistants will allow drivers to do things like remote start their car using a voice command from the comfort of their kitchen or adjust their smart home appliance settings from the driver's seat.   

You can check out the system in action in the demo below — just don't get in the habit of leaving your iron and stove burning in your house, smart assistant or not. 

Connecting the systems is a bit complicated, though — in order to set up either of the AI assistants, you'll need an active Mercedes me account and an active mbrace subscription. 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. 

You'll have to ask the assistants to ask the Mercedes me app to get anything done — for example, saying “O.K., Google, tell Mercedes me to start my car,” will get your engine running remotely. It's a bit of a mouthful, but you'll still have the same smart controls like you would at home. 

Mercedes-Benz isn't the only automaker adding AI assistant connectivity — Nissan and Volvo have Microsoft's Cortana for their smart systems, Hyundai has Google Assistant, and Ford partnered with Amazon to bring Alexa to its cars.  

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