Updated: Sep 23, 2021
It seems like a lifetime ago when the only commands Siri was programmed to perform were ‘call home,’ or ‘send text,’ or ‘play Coldplay.’ Phones have become far too advanced, and Siri has grown to help us out with more than just fundamental phone functions.
With the multitude of mobile applications available to us, Siri has learned to keep with the times, and now can help us use our phones completely hands-free.
With the introduction of IoT to our homes, smartphone assistants like Siri, as well as its digital cousins like Alexa and Google Assistant, are now able to control our homes just as easily as we do our phones.
Does IoT at homes include garages?
In many ways, yes. Automakers like BMW already have introduced AI products like SmartThings & IPA (Intelligent Personal Assistant); Ford & Toyota integrate Alexa directly into their infotainment systems, & Mercedes Benz debuted their home-grown MBUX last year.
So if you are an 80s kid and thought that David Hasselhoff’s famous TV series- Knight Rider was just extravagant science fiction, you’re in for a treat. The series followed the adventures of Hasselhoff ’s character, a crime fighter, and his ever-faithful sidekick- KITT, an advanced artificially intelligent, self-aware and nearly indestructible car.
Our current AI assistants might lack a considerable amount of self-awareness and crime-fighting ambition. But they certainly do help with all other automobile requirements as such.
But the more compelling question is: do car assistants coherently comply with the automation controllers set up in our homes? If yes, then do they need to really comply with our smart systems at home?
Well, yes and yes. The AI set in your car can always keep you connected with the home even when you’re not at home. It can provide you with a facility to directly communicate between home and car, through phone fewer connections. Or let’s say you’re stuck traffic on the way back home, you can ask Siri to record the IPL match that you’re likely going to be late to. You can even sync calendars, monitor alarm systems, and video surveillance.
The Difference Maker
It’s the little things that always make a colossal difference. You’re listening to a playlist in your kitchen in the morning, and then when you leave for work, the same playlist automatically continues in your car. You’ve had a long day at work and when you’re five minutes away you can have the AC’s turned on, or the bath is drawn up.
Or your kids just turned 18 and convinced you to allow them to take your car out, then you don’t have to be anxious cause parental controls can always be integrated from home. Or the most obvious use case being that your gates and garage doors can be controlled from within your car itself.
Siri may not be KITT, but it sure as hell has far surpassed the characteristics that KITT amazed us with.