Owners of late-model Volkswagen vehicles can now use Siri to open their cars. The update requires a subscription to an integrated app. The feature also requires the most recent Apple software update, iOS 12.
The move stands as part of Apple’s continuing efforts to link AI with vehicles. Such a link could potentially improve the implementation of voice commands, allowing for safer control of in-dash controls.
Amazon has also been working towards integrating their own AI assistant, Alexa, into vehicles in the form of a new program called Alexa Auto. The company has even been collaborating with automakers to include Alexa Auto automatically in new vehicles, similar to GM’s OnStar program, although not designed specifically to act as an emergency services communication service.