Toyota Adding Alexa to Select Cars in 2018

Pat Wise
January 14, 2018

Amazon's Alexa digital assistant will soon ride shotgun with Toyota drivers.

Toyota said on Tuesday that it will be deploying Alexa beginning with its Entune 3.0 App Suite and Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 vehicle system software updates for select 2018 model year vehicles later in 2018, giving USA customers access to Alexa while on the go. Toyota is planning to bring Alexa to more of its own models this year and in 2019.

For example, if a Toyota customer has a thermostat in their home that can be controlled with Alexa, they will still be able to control it with their voice in the auto. We imagine you'll probably even be able to order goods from Amazon, too. "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".

Other manufacturers are adding AI assistants to their vehicles as well - Samsung's Bixby is making its way to cars that may be equipped with the HARMAN concept.

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On the basic technology level, Alexa has, for competition, Apple's Siri , Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana and Samsung's Bixby. The Smart Display will act like Amazon's Echo Show where you would get Google Assistant and not the Amazon's Alexa assistant .

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According to an announcement made by Google at CES, the company's Google Assistant is now on Android Auto.

Voice control has been available for quite some time in Android Auto equipped cars, but the actual assistant will provide a little more functionality and usability.

It's impossible for anyone to remember them all, so in an effort to make things easier, Google has launched a new Google Assistant directory on the web that aims to make it easier for users to learn Google Assistant's capabilities.

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