Owners of luxury Genesis automobiles will now be able to use the new Google Assistant to perform certain remote vehicle functions by voice on their smartphones or Google Home system.
Part of the Genesis Connected Services, the newly released Genesis app will allow owners to ask Google Assistant to start, locate the car by honking the horn and flashing lights, and lock/unlock their cars, as well as having destination directions sent to their car’s navigation system. It will work through the Google Home speaker, eligible Android phones or iPhones, and can also be used through the on-screen keyboards on the latter two.
Genesis Connected Services customers have to download the Genesis app for the Google Assistant and then link the two and enter a PIN to gain voice control over the commands. The Google Assistant will also offer information on various subjects, such as checking the weather forecast.
Genesis Connected Services is included on new Genesis vehicles, with a complimentary 3-month subscription. It grants smartphone control over specific vehicle functions such as remote start with climate control, destination search through Google, remote door lock/unlock, and stolen vehicle recovery.
The service includes the Genesis Virtual Guide, an interactive owner’s manual to offer owners information about their cars, including step-by-step guidance on how some vehicle systems work.