Toyota has announced that 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. Additional models will be available in
2019. This feature will allow Toyota and Lexus customers in the United States
to interact with Alexa in the car.
Alexa can help customers with
thousands of things and connects to more than a thousand third-party smart home
products for added convenience and ease of use. With Alexa, customers can
simply ask for directions, control entertainment, get the news, add items to a
shopping list, control their smart home while on the road, and more.
“Voice services are rapidly
becoming more popular and through our integration with Amazon Alexa, Toyota and
Lexus customers will soon be able to easily speak to Alexa in their cars while
on-the-go,” said Zack Hicks, senior vice president and chief information
officer of Toyota Motor North America and chief executive officer and president
of Toyota Connected.
“We’re thrilled that Toyota
and Lexus will bring Alexa to customers on the road,” said John Scumniotales,
head of product for Amazon Alexa Automotive. “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. This integration means that customers can interact with
Alexa, virtually anywhere they drive.”
Once Alexa is enabled, just
ask her to do things like adjust your smart home’s temperature so it’s
comfortable when you get there, add milk to your shopping list on your way to
the store, or listen to your audiobook from Audible.
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