Amazon’s personal assistant Alexa has over 25,000 skills, and Nissan’s connected car skill is the latest addition. Depending on the model year, owners of Nissan vehicles equipped with NissanConnect Services telematics can use voice commands to remote lock/unlock, honk, flash the lights and start/stop the engine.
Models such as Altima (MY 16, MY 17), Armada (MY 18), GT-R (MY 17), Maxima (MY 16, MY 17), Murano (MY 17), Pathfinder (MY 17, MY 18), Rogue (MY 16, MY 17), Rogue Sport (MY 17), Sentra (MY 16, MY 17), Titan (MY 17) and Titan XD (MY 16, MY 17) will be compatible with this new service.
“Intelligent integration means helping our customers even when they are not behind the wheel,” said Dan Teeter, Director, Vehicle Connected Services, Nissan North America, Inc.
Nissan plans to expand the technology to other models in the future, including the new 2018 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.
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, for added security. Additionally, owners can customize the name of their vehicle.