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Google Home and Hyundai team up to make your drive a little smarter

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Google Assistant, the personal AI assistant found in Google Home (opens in new tab), has learned a few new automotive-related tricks as we begin 2017.

No, it can’t drive itself –yet– but, it can now communicate with any Hyundai vehicle that’s equipped with Blue Link (opens in new tab), the company’s impressive proprietary infotainment setup.

Blue Link customers must first authenticate their accounts with the Google Home app, then a handful of new commands will be available to use from the comfort of your home.

The list of interactions isn’t wildly imaginative, but impressive nonetheless, covering the essentials, like “OK Google, find me a good Chinese restaurant”, or “OK Google, tell Blue Link to send that address to my Santa Fe”.

Those who don’t like stepping into a cold or hot car will be pleased to know that there’s an interaction to start the car and set the temperature to your liking. Check out the full list of commands that will work between Google Home and Hyundai Blue Link right here (opens in new tab).

Of course, security is ever important, so the Hyundai team implemented a safety measure to request your Blue Link PIN to ensure that only you can chat with your car.

More connected devices, including cars, are sure to be added to Google Home’s arsenal soon enough, but this addition puts it above the likes of the Amazon Echo.

Via 9to5Google (opens in new tab)

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Cameron is a writer at The Verge, focused on reviews, deals coverage, and news. He wrote for magazines and websites such as The Verge, TechRadar, Practical Photoshop, Polygon, Eater and Al Bawaba.