At CES 2018, Toyota announced that it will begin integrating
Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant into some of its vehicles including Lexus, so
drivers can tell their cars to play music or set a comfortable temperature at
home before arriving.
“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,” Toyota
Motor North America chief information officer Zack Hicks said in a statement.
The company said that Alexa would be available in some
Toyota and Lexus cars that come with the Entune and Enform infotainment
software. In choosing Alexa over rival Google Assistant, Toyota Connected CEO
Zack Hicks says Amazon is the right partner as Toyota studies what future
mobility might look like.
The integration will start later this year. Toyota didn’t
say which car models will have it. Ford and Hyundai are among the auto
companies already supporting Alexa. Hicks says there’s nothing preventing
Toyota from partnering with others in the future.
(Source: The Asian Age)