Amazon, Toyota Partnership this 2018

Pat Wise
January 13, 2018

"Hands-free access to Alexa on PCs can be helpful to customers in many ways, like making it simple to interact with your smart home, get news or weather, set timers, and more", Steve Rabuchin, vice president of Amazon Alexa, said.

Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa is headed to PCs this year.

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. Vuzix's Alexa integration is part of an Amazon program that allows third-party hardware manufacturers to put the digital assistant into their products. This feature will allow Toyota and Lexus customers in the United States to interact with Alexa in the auto. The latest development is a lightweight solution of the AVS Device SDK that the company launched a year ago to let OEMs start integrating Alexa into their Bluetooth-supported connected devices. As an example, drivers could tell Alexa to turn on the living room lights while the owner is pulling into the garage.

Amazon is pushing for Alexa to be integrated into pretty much everything, from cars to fridges, thanks to providing developers with the tools to easily fit the virtual assistant into their devices.

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Talking with Bloomberg, Vuzix confirmed that its pair of AR glasses will be the first with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant integration.

The fusions of two globally recognized brands in the world are looking to collaborate to bring us another technological advancement in the automobile world and market.

Several automakers, notably including Ford, are taking advantage of Alexa's ability to conduct e-commerce. General Motors plans to offer even more expanded e-commerce applications when it finishes integrating the Amazon service into its new GM Marketplace in the months to come.

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

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