Voice assistant integration is the top smart-home trend at CES
11 January, 2018, 21:16 | Author: Larry Hoffman
Amazon's Alexa digital assistant will soon ride shotgun with Toyota drivers. This will enable the assistant to work with its newest infotainment platforms.
A quick scan of the page revealed that I could ask my Google Home Mini, "What's my Quidditch position?" to play a Harry Potter-themed game. The announcement, made at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, marks a significant step forward for the Japanese automaker.
Both Lexus and Toyota vehicles will benefit from the voice assistant; in particular those with the Entune 3.0 App Suite, including the 2018 Toyota Camry and Sienna, and the vast majority of current model year Lexus vehicles with the Enform App Suite 2.0.
The partnership will bring to life Amazon's plans to expand its speech platform beyond one's home.
Toyota suggests a number of ways users could use Alexa in the vehicle, such as for taking notes and setting reminders, activating apps, or for controlling other smart devices, such as the heating and cooling on your house.
"It's still really day one for us in terms of what we can do with Alexa in the vehicle", said John Scumniotales, head of products for Alexa's automotive efforts, onstage at an event at CES. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Nissan, Daimler, Ford and BMW have all already announced some form of integration of Alexa.
The company has said that itsTiVo DVRs will integrated with a wide range of connected services and devices using IFTTT Applets. This latest move by Amazon seems more like an attempt to challenge Cortana, rather than work with it, unless it proves to be the first chapter in showing how Alexa and Cortana will be mutual supportive.
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