Amazon is bringing Alexa to your Toyota

Amazon is bringing Alexa to your Toyota

Drivers of some new Toyota vehicles will soon be able to have conversations with their cars, or at least ask them politely to do certain things. Toyota said vehicles with the Entune 3.0 infotainment system, and Lexus models with the Enform 2.0 system, would start to get Alexa capabilities this year. Additional models will be available in 2019.

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.

Japanese automaker Toyota will integrate Amazon's Alexa voice assistant into some of its cars as the auto industry increasingly adopts the tech world's hottest offerings to improve the vehicle experience. The company unveiled the LG Gram laptops, OLED and Super UHD LED TVs and even a Smart display powered by Google Assistant.They also announced the Smart ThinQ speaker which has Google Assistant built in.

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"We're thrilled that Toyota and Lexus will bring Alexa to customers on the road", said John Scumniotales, head of product for Amazon Alexa Automotive.

Amazon has similar arrangements with other carmakers such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Nissan Motor Co., Hyundai Motor Co., Daimler AG, BMW AG and Ford Motor Co. "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". Furthermore, a year ago in November Amazon announced a suite of voice-activated work tools to allow you to bring Alexa to the office.

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