Toyota will add Amazon Alexa to pick out vehicles in 2018

Toyota will add Amazon Alexa to pick out vehicles in 2018

Toyota announced at CES this year that the carmaker will be offering support for Amazon Alexa within its vehicles - no additional hardware required.

Amazon's voice-activated home assistant Amazon Alexa is making its way to a number of laptop and desktop models, challenging Microsoft's own PC assistant Cortana on her own operating system.

At the Consumer Electronics Show yesterday, Amazon announced that Toyota will be the latest and largest automaker to integrate Alexa into its cars.

Amazon's Alexa software has already made its way into just about every Internet-connected device you can imagine, like smartwatches, lamps, and refrigerators, to name just a few.

The Drive reached out to Toyota regarding which cars will receive Alexa integration first, the possibility of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-equipped Toyotas, and recommendations for drivers less than thrilled with the idea of an always-on microphone embedded in their new vehicle. "This is a big step toward making Alexa available wherever customers might need her".

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But Toyota will also allow a motorist to use the system from home. Even with the longer wait, Klipsch will have some of the better looking options for voice-controlled audio gear when those two devices start shipping.

Yes, of course an Echo Dot is still way, way cheaper, but Vuzix's Blade demonstrates that Amazon Alexa has the potential to turn into something far more than a tech curio that gathers dust somewhere in your living room. Soon it will be a whole lot harder to think of a type of product that hasn't in some way merged with Alexa. They also more closely resemble normal glasses, although Vuzix's eyewear is still noticeably thicker than standard prescription glasses.

Several automakers, notably including Ford, are taking advantage of Alexa's ability to conduct e-commerce.

The partnership will bring to life Amazon's plans to expand its speech platform beyond one's home.

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