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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.
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.