Amazon Alexa is coming to Toyota cars

Pat Wise
January 13, 2018

Toyota announced the partnership Tuesday, saying the cloud-based voice assistant would be included in vehicles equipped with the Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite and Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0, allowing riders to interact with Alexa in the auto.

Soon the voice assistant Amazon Alexa will appear on thousands of computers under control of operating system Windows 10.

Amazon's Alexa has been helpful in our homes the last couple of years and now she's ready to give us a hand in our cars as well.

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Amazon is working to bring its Alexa digital assistant out of the home and into the wild by way of a partnership with Toyota that will see the smart home gadget incorporated under the bonnet of future vehicles. 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. The automaker said more models would be added in 2019. Fans were hoping that Toyota will also start offering the Apple CarPlay support and Android Auto this year but at this point, we still do not know if that is going to happen or not.

Amazon is integrating the Alexa virtual assistant into more non-Amazon devices, including desktop and laptop computers from several manufacturers, a line of Kohler products and new vehicle models, according to The Verge and other publications covering the announcements coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. With a simple voice command a user can access an array of information, such as weather, news or sports scores, play games and plug into thousands of "skills", the Alexa version of a smartphone app.

What is more exciting to hear is that Amazon has expressed its intentions to extend the Alexa technology to wearables and fitness devices and beyond.

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