Google Assistant Has Made Its Way to Cars

Google Assistant doesn't just assist in the home anymore, it's making its way to cars. At the 2018 CES tech conference, the South Korean auto manufacturer Kia announced that Google Assistant has been introduced to its infotainment service (referred to as UVO) in select new cars, including the Niro Plug-In, Soul EV, Optima Plug-In, and K900 models.

According to Kia, drivers can remotely start and stop the vehicle's ignition, lock and unlock the car, change climate control settings, and remotely activate the horn and lights through the Assistant or app. The regular Google Assistant functions like giving weather updates and directions will also work.

Kia is just one of the major car manufacturers to add a smart assistant to its infotainment system. BMW, Ford, and Nissan announced last year that new models would incorporate Amazon Alexa to allow drivers to remotely control certain parts of their cars. And Hyundai announced last year that it would enable Google Assistant for its Blue Link-equipped vehicles.

It's only a matter of time before you'll be able to start any new model car you drive from the comfort of your living room, avoiding traipsing through the snow to warm up the engine and defrost the windows. Most of the country could probably use the update right about now.