Amazon is pushing for Alexa to be integrated into pretty much everything, from cars to fridges, thanks to providing developers with the tools to easily fit the virtual assistant into their devices.
A number of carmakers have introduced Amazon Alexa voice commands that can activate the locks and climate control on their cars, but Toyota is going a step further with Alexa integration by bringing Alexa into the auto.
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Alexa capability allows Prime subscribers to communicate with cloud-connected home devices in addition to handling typical in-vehicle requests like music playlists or audiobook selections. Forward looking statements contained in this release relate to Amazon Alexa and the Company's leadership in the Video Eyewear, VR and AR display industry.
Toyota's Entune 3.0 system gets an upgrade to include a version of Alexa.
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"We have all seen how Alexa has transformed interaction in homes, but in today's world, we are constantly on the go". In the past, voice assistants in vehicles only had a few functionalities, including the ability to control lights, locks and starting engines.
Voice has been a challenge for carmakers; Alexa could change that. "This integration means that customers can interact with Alexa, virtually anywhere they drive".
"People tell us they love Alexa in the home", said John Scumniotales, the head of product for Amazon Alexa. General Motors plans to offer even more expanded e-commerce applications when it finishes integrating the Amazon service into its new GM Marketplace in the months to come.
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