Technophiles, rejoice! Cars you can start from your smart home devices have arrived.
In addition to ordering groceries, playing music, controlling your lights, and hurling Jeopardy questions at you while you try to brush your teeth (or are they technically answers?), your personal assistant Alexa can now also precondition your car and give you all kinds of information on its status.
Throw in an Alexa-enabled coffee machine and 2019 can officially begin now.
Here are some of the top car models employing this truly life-altering technology for those of us who can’t be bothered to fumble around with antiquated baubles like keys.
The gasless darling of the tiny car set, this fully electric vehicle can remotely heat or cool its interior via Alexa in addition to letting you lock and unlock its doors, and put its windows up. Plus, put your range anxiety to rest by asking Alexa how much juice your vehicle has. Fantastically (and somewhat creepily), SHE’LL JUST KNOW. Then you can charge your precious i3 appropriately before leaving on your next adventure, selectively oblivious to the fact that you’re pretty much living in the long envisioned future of robots.
This popular Mercedes model isn’t the only one that can chat with your all-knowing house pod. In fact, all 2016 models and newer are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home commands. Of course, these new Mercedes models have no shortage of other cool stuff to offer (this is Mercedes, after all). But their ability to understand English verbal commands emanating from your bathroom as you do your morning gargle is definitely something to be excited about.
Alexa may be a bit nosy, but she’s no snob. Turns out, she’s just as comfortable chatting it up with righteous American muscle cars as she is with the sleek, next-generation European set. In fact, Alexa works with all Ford models that are equipped with Ford’s SYNC 3 system. And the convenience continues inside the car, as Ford will also allow you to use Alexa connectivity in the car just like you would at home. So if you just happen to remember that you need more laundry detergent in the middle of your morning commute, just give Alexa a shout and she’ll take care of it. Because Alexa takes care of everything. This should in no way diminish your validity as a human or your role in your own home, which remains formidable.
The Leaf is the quintessential electric vehicle. After all, it’s called THE LEAF. And now every one dating as far back as 2011 can work with Nissan Connect and Alexa to condition its interior to all of your preferred settings before you even leave the house. This can even help save the car’s juice, as handling all that heating and cooling business while it’s still plugged in will take the power bite out of the power source instead of the car’s battery. And that’s a win in the range-preservation category.
Jeep just started offering this capability on its 2018 models—but that’s still quite something for a brand that tends to embrace minimalism when it comes to creature comforts. For those who love tech convenience but also want to be able to get off the beaten path when they want, the Jeep Grand Cherokee gives you the best of both worlds—and lets you get your off-road mud mobile ready to rumble from the comfort of your warm bed.