Toyota will offer Alexa in its cars starting later this year

Olive Hawkins
January 13, 2018

There's a lot of third-party devices out there that are putting Alexa on your dashboard as an aftermarket add-on, but Toyota is one of the first automakers to fully embrace loading their vehicles up with Amazon's voice-powered smart assistant. The popularity of Alexa in homes has led many observers and analysts to conclude that it could bring voice in vehicle to a new level.

Alexa in cars can also be synced with smart-home devices.

"LG has always been committed to developing TVs that combine innovative technologies with the widest range of convenient, user-friendly interfaces and adding Amazon Alexa is consistent with this strategy", said Tim Alessi, Senior Director, Product Marketing for home entertainment at LG Electronics USA.

Alexa is Amazon's intelligent virtual assistant, similar to Siri or Cortana, which can interact with users via voice, make lists, set alarms, provide news and weather information, as well as control smart devices connected via the internet.

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Six months since Amazon and Microsoft shook hands for coupling Windows 10 with Alexa, we are having the initial signs of its arrival.

Fortunately, the Blade worked in every other way - and most of us know how Alexa works by now, so I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. As an example, drivers could tell Alexa to turn on the living room lights while the owner is pulling into the garage. Forward looking statements contained in this release relate to Amazon Alexa and the Company's leadership in the Video Eyewear, VR and AR display industry.

Several automakers, notably including Ford, are taking advantage of Alexa's ability to conduct e-commerce.

"Downstream benefits like e-commerce" could eventually become a substantial source of revenue, acknowledged Scumniotales, especially when autonomous and fully driverless vehicles become part of everyday reality.

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