One of the upsides of Amazon making Alexa open to third-party developers is that it is easier for developers to adopt the technology and bake it into their products. It was only recently that Apple decided to do that with Siri, and Google is also expected to follow suit with Google Assistant in December.
That being said, it seems that with Alexa being open to third-parties, Hyundai has decided to adopt Amazon’s AI assistant and bake it into its Blue Link connected car app. What this means is that starting today, Hyundai vehicle owners who subscribe to the Blue Link service will be able to use it in conjunction with the Amazon Echo and other similar devices that can take advantage of Alexa.
Users will be able to lock or unlock their car doors, flash their lights, and perform other functions just by using their voice. Users will also be able to start their car remotely, meaning that you can get your car all nice and toasty on the inside during the winters, or cool it down during the sweltering summers.
The feature will be available to all Blue Link subscribers at no extra cost, although the service itself does cost $99 a year but there are other benefits and features that is part of its subscription.