The day of being able to communicate with your car is finally here. Nissan has developed an Amazon Alexa skill that allows Alexa and Nissan owners with NissanConnect services to remotely communicate with their vehicle.
Once enabled and linked to a Nissan Owners Portal account with a compatible vehicle, owners can use voice commands to remotely lock/unlock, honk the horn, flash the lights and start or stop the engine depending on the model.
For example, owners can say, “Alexa, ask NissanConnect Services to start my Murano” or “Alexa, ask NissanConnect Services to lock the doors of my GT-R.” Moments later, Alexa will confirm the request and the vehicle will respond to the command.
A 4-digit pin will be required to send certain commands to the vehicle, such as remote start. Owners can customize the name of their vehicle too.
Later this month, users will be able to find and use the new skill, called “NissanConnect Services,” free of charge under the connected car category within the Amazon Skills Store.
It will be available on certain model year 2016, 2017, 2017.5 and 2018 Nissan vehicles equipped with NissanConnect Services telematics. Amazon’s Alexa integration will require owners to have an active subscription to NissanConnect Services and a valid Nissan Owner Portal account, although the NissanConnect Services app does not need to be running to use the service.
NissanConnect Services and integration with the new Alexa skill, will be available on the following vehicles at launch, with more to come:
|Nissan Altima||(MY16, MY17, MY17.5)|
|Nissan Maxima||(MY16, MY17)|
|Nissan Pathfinder||(MY17, MY18)|
|Nissan Rogue||(MY16, MY17)|
|Nissan Rogue Sport||(MY17)|
|Nissan Sentra||(MY16, MY17)|
|Nissan TITAN XD||(MY16, MY17)|
Nissan plans to expand the technology to other models in the future, including the new 2018 Nissan LEAF through NissanConnect EV and Services. Additionally, model year 2011 – 2017 LEAF owners will be able to check battery status, manage remote charging and cool down or warm up the vehicle’s interior using the new skill through the NissanConnect EV and Services Skill.