Alexa, Start My Mercedes – Amazon & Google Tech Comes To Benz

Home automation assistants are going mainstream thanks to devices such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home. The latest automaker to take advantage of this trend is Mercedes which has announced plans to support both systems.

The service will be available on all 2016 and 2017 models sold in the United States. Mercedes says this allow owners to control various functions of their vehicle by simply talking to either an Amazon Echo or Google Home device.

For example, Google Home users will be able to say “Ok, Google, tell Mercedes Me to start my car.” Echo owners, on the other hand, can say “Alexa, ask Mercedes Me to send an address to the car.”

The company declined to release a full list of available commands but Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America’s Nils Schanz said “Mercedes-Benz’s goal is creating an intelligent ecosystem around cars, and developing cutting-edge technology to make everyday life more convenient for our customers.”

In order to use the service, owners will need to have an active Mercedes Me account and an Mbrace subscription. Customers will then need to link their account to the Amazon Alexa or Google Home app.

The service will be launched in the United States, but a European rollout is scheduled for later this year.

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  • Red_Light_Green_Light_123

    Just make sure your allowed to do it where you live before you start yapping to Alexa. Seems several jurisdictions in the States made it illegal to warm up or idle your car unattended for pollution or safety reasons.

    • Status

      I think they intend those laws to apply to cars idling for extended periods of time. Starting the car 30 seconds before you enter it likely wouldn’t be against such laws, whereas someone (usually an old person) will idle a car for 10 minutes to ‘warm it up’, needlessly wasting gas and making the car a more likely target for theft.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Sorry, Genesis.

  • Benjamin B.

    Alexa, unlock my front door. Car thief only has to look in the glovebox for your address.

    • Status

      They get the mailing address, not the civic address.

  • Enter Ranting

    THANK GOD!!! It’s SUCH an ordeal starting the car with that button on the dash!!! Now I can start my car while waiting for my $400 Juicero to squeeze a juice bag for me. Thanks Silicon Valley!

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