Toyota will add Amazon Alexa to pick out vehicles in 2018

Olive Hawkins
January 13, 2018

The company will add the feature to additional models in 2019.

As per the reports, users will use Alexa to manage their calendar, create lists and answer questions by passing simple voice commands.

A New York-based company is preparing to showcase the first augmented reality (AR) glasses to feature Amazon's Alexa voice assistant at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wearers must be Amazon customers or become Amazon customers to enable Alexa's capabilities for the glasses.

The addition of Amazon Alexa on Acer, Asus, and HP computers poses a major challenge to Microsoft's own Cortana, which the company has integrated into its Windows operating system.

Alexa will appear in certain Toyota and Lexus models.

In a statement, Toyota Connected CEO Zack Hicks said "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".

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Toyota's Entune 3.0 system gets an upgrade to include a version of Alexa.

Toyota suggests a number of ways users could use Alexa in the vehicle, 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. "This integration means that customers can interact with Alexa, virtually anywhere they drive".

The inclusion of Alexa on a non-Amazon product is not a first, though, as past year the smart assistant debuted on the HTC U11, Huawei Mate 9, and Motorola Z series smartphones. "They also want it everywhere they are during the day".

The partnership will bring to life Amazon's plans to expand its speech platform beyond one's home. The Marketplace already allows a driver to order beverages and food from some partners, while also reserving a hotel room or an airline ticket.

At the same venue, Toyota unveiled the autonomous e-palette concept.

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