Toyota adds Amazon Alexa to select Toyota and Lexus models


Toyota suggests a number of ways users could use Alexa in the auto, such as for taking notes and setting reminders, activating apps, or for controlling other smart devices, such as the heating and cooling on your house.

In what's becoming an annual tradition, the CES electronics trade show, being held this week in Las Vegas, has brought a flurry of announcements of new gadgets built to work with the Seattle company's voice-activated Alexa software.

Toyota announced Tuesday that they will be incorporating Alexa in select Toyota and Lexus cars in 2019. The effect is to make Alexa a ubiquitous presence in our lives. Meanwhile, Amazon will release Alexa app in the coming weeks, and PC makers are seeking help from Intel's Smart Sound Technology to ensure hands-free access to Alexa on PCs.

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"Vuzix continues to lead the way in wearable smart glasses innovation and it should come as no surprise that the Vuzix Blade AR Smart Sunglasses will be the first pair of smart glasses to be Alexa-Enabled".

This raises the question of whether other Windows 10 users will also be able to download install Alexa as a standalone app on their computers.

"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.

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What does this mean for the Microsoft Cortana digital assistant that's already working on Windows 10 machines? Furthermore, a year ago in November Amazon announced a suite of voice-activated work tools to allow you to bring Alexa to the office.

Others, including Hyundai and Ford, have already made similar moves. The company told Bloomberg that it's excited about the "ability to bring Alexa to customers in a new way".

In August, tied-up with Amazon to let - rivaling Google Assistant and. However, with the advent of smart home devices, Cortana's greatest weakness proved to be its lack of smart home controls. "This is a big step toward making Alexa available wherever customers might need her".

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