It’s been quite the banner day as far as Amazon getting their intelligent personal assistant Alexa being integrated into atypical places. First from CES 2018, we saw an “intelligent toilet” getting Alexa integrated into it and now cars are getting stocked with Alexa in it. Perfect, now you can order hot sauce off of Amazon as you are flying down the freeway.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Toyota and Lexus announced that certain U.S. models of their cars will come equipped with Alexa and no additional hardware will be required. Toyota did not specify which 2018 models would receive the cloud-based voice service. Toyota did say the personal assistant would be available on their models equipped with the Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite. That probably means the Camry and Sienna, since they’re the only Toyotas with EnTune 3.0. As far as Lexus goes, the LC, NX, RC, and LS models all have available EnForm 2.0. More models will also get Alexa support beginning in 2019.
Cars with Alexa will allow drivers to be more productive while driving. Drivers will be able to verbally complete tasks by asking Alexa for directions, remotely lock the doors, change the car’s temperature, control the infotainment system, read the news, add items to a shopping list, and switch on the lights at their home if it already has smart technology.
Toyota joins other auto manufacturers such as BMW, Ford, Nissan, and Hyundai to partner with Amazon and offer Alexa in their vehicles. Then there are some people who install an Amazon Echo Dot in their car (as seen below) who have enjoyed all that Alexa offers while driving. Check out all of the amazing tech to come out of the CES 2018 this week by clicking HERE.