Volkswagen and Ford will be integrating their vehicles with the Amazon Alexa voice assistant

Volkswagen and Ford will be integrating their vehicles with the Amazon Alexa voice assistant
Amazon's Alexa voice assistant used to live predominantly in wireless speakers, but is now moving into smartphones (the Huawei Mate 9 becoming the first, and so far only example) and, what do you know – cars! At CES, Volkswagen announced it's integrating Alexa into future automobiles with the goal of providing driving-oriented functionality.

With a tap-to-talk interface added to the vehicle's head unit, drivers will be able to do things such as toggling smart home features, listening to music, and setting notifications. Alexa will also let car owners check fuel and fluid levels, order replacement parts, send directions, and other convenient stuff.

Volkswagen and Amazon will be discussing more details about in-car Alexa integration later in the year. The German auto maker isn't the only one integrating with Alexa, though. Ford will be adding the feature as well, enabling smart home features, search and navigation queries, and Amazon functionality like listening to audio books, streaming music, and shopping. Clearly, there is plenty of potential in Alexa as a driver's sidekick.


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8 Comments

1. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Dang, Alexa is on fire. Google Home/Assistant needs to act before it's, entirely, too late.

2. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Why? Google is tops in AI, much better than Alexa. There must be something more to this, some financial deal between Amazon and these two auto makers.

6. fatTony

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

You've clearly not been following the events of this year's CES.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22072; Member since: May 28, 2014

Amazon is really making inroads with Alexa! Companies like Google, Microsoft and Apple better step their AI game up quick!

4. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

just another way to record our conversations and recognize our identity. Maybe they will release a free data advertising version of the car for all the slowbro's

5. TerryTerius unregistered

You can always buy a car that doesn't have any modern electronics in it. Easaiest way if you're uncomfortable with where things are headed.

8. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

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