With carmakers around the world, trying to embrace the connected nature of technology and apply them in their vehicles, Japanese carmaker Nissan has come up with something new for the market and its cars. The company has collaborated with Amazon for the use of its Alexa AI in its cars. With this, Nissan becomes the first carmaker to introduce “name-free invocation” for automobiles.
Nissan has announced that this NissanConnect Services “Skill” update is available immediately. Only a few features like the capability to start, lock and unlock your vehicle will be available for now during the launch. Nissan will inculcate some more features in due course of time.
Also, customers with ownership of multiple Nissans can also personalize the names of each of their vehicles and use that particular name to direct the request. For example, “Alexa, lock Wyatt's car.” Customers will also have the feature to maintain multiple vehicles on the same account; for example: “Alexa, start my Rogue” and, “Alexa, start my TITAN.”
“This advancement with Amazon's Alexa makes owning a Nissan vehicle that much easier,” said Jared Haslam, vice president, product planning, Nissan U.S. and Canada.
However, this service won’t be applicable to all Nissan vehicles. Only a select few vehicles, that have been made after 2016, equipped with NissanConnect and an Alexa-enabled home device will be eligible for this feature to be applied.
The list of models that are eligible for this update includes
- 2016 and newer Altima
- 2018 and newer Armada
- 2017 and newer GT-R
- 2016 and newer Maxima
- 2017.5 and newer Murano
- 2017 and newer Pathfinder
- 2016 and newer Rogue
- 2017 and newer Rogue Sport
- 2017 and newer TITAN
- 2016 and newer TITAN XD
- 2016 and newer Sentra (excluding 2019 and 2020)
The NissanConnect Services can be accessed from the inside of any Nissan with that functionality, on a computer, on a smartphone or smartwatch app and with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.