Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Lexus vehicles to feature Amazon Alexa

Lexus vehicles to feature Amazon Alexa

Toyota on Tuesday said it will start adding Alexa voice services to select Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the United States in 2018, with a rollout to additional models taking place in 2019.

Amazon's Alexa digital assistant will soon ride shotgun with Toyota drivers. Although the concept sounds like the future of driving technology, cars will not be able to use voice assistants for an entirely autonomous driving experience.

Alexa, an intelligent personal assistant developed by Amazon will be hitting Windows 10 PCs later this year. Jeep added the technology to the 2018 Cherokee and the BMW Group plans to roll out Alexa to BMW and MINI models starting later this year.

Lexus vehicles to feature Amazon Alexa
Lexus vehicles to feature Amazon Alexa

Toyota's Entune 3.0 system gets an upgrade to include a version of Alexa.

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. "This feature will allow Toyota and Lexus customers in the United States to interact with Alexa in the vehicle".

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. With the official entry, Alexa will be capable of accessing calendars and lists in addition to replying through voice commands. "This integration means that customers can interact with Alexa, virtually anywhere they drive". "They also want it everywhere they are during the day". The Detroit automaker now allows a motorist to order a cup of coffee from Starbucks through Alexa, or a pizza from Domino's.

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