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Give your dumb car some smart features with Google Assistant through Verizon Hum

2019 will be the year of voice assistants.

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AI assistants continue to find their way into everything. Whether it’s toilets or microwaves,  you better believe someone, somewhere is working on an AI integration.

Now, Google Assistant will be coming to Hum from Verizon to give drivers a better understanding of their car through the use of the voice assistant.

What is Hum?

First, let’s talk about Hum real quick. Hum by Verizon is a monthly service that is installed in your car through the onboard diagnostic reader and basically gives your car some smart features that it would otherwise not have. It uses a small, Bluetooth-enabled device that clips to your visor that is used to respond when emergency services are activated.

With Hum, it will contact emergency services if it detects an accident, but it can also monitor your car’s “health,” and alert you of issues that may not always pop up on your dashboard. These alerts arrive through the Hum app.

Google Assistant joins the party

Announced during CES 2019, Google Assistant will soon (late Q1) be available on the second-gen Hum device and available for purchase at the same time from Verizon or Hum. You’ll have full access to the assistant and will be able to use the integration to “manage tasks and get answers hands-free while on the road.”

You can also ask questions like, “Hey Google, ask Hum how my car is doing?” Because nothing says 2019 like a game of telephone between two different computer programs and yourself. Google Assistant-equipped devices like smartphones and Google Home will also be able to perform Hum-specific actions, like locating a vehicle and accessing trip history.

What do you think? Is this something you’d use? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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Senior Editor with a focus on all things tech and gaming. Life Adventurer. You can keep up with me on Twitter: @Josiah_Motley

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