Japanese automaker Toyota will integrate Amazon's Alexa voice assistant into some of its cars as the auto industry increasingly adopts the tech world's hottest offerings to improve the vehicle experience. This will enable the assistant to work with its newest infotainment platforms.
The company will add the feature to additional models in 2019.
Toyota has announced it will introduce Amazon Alexa, Amazon's intelligent cloud based voice service, within select Toyota and Lexus vehicles with Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite and Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 in 2018.
For owners of existing 2018 model year vehicles, Toyota Safety Technology Communications Manager Ming-Jou Chen said in an email that, "Details such as retrofitting will be addressed (at a later date)".
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The move will allow Toyota drivers to use Alexa's speech-command system to order navigation, pick entertainment options, get the news, add items to a shopping cart and other services. Just like the home version, Toyota's Alexa implementation can also gain skills from third party developers.
"It's still really day one for us in terms of what we can do with Alexa in the vehicle", said John Scumniotales, head of products for Alexa's automotive efforts, onstage at an event at CES. "Our vision for Alexa is that she should be everywhere a customer might need her - at home, in the office, on phones - and in cars".
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