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Amazon Alexa Coming to Toyota Vehicles

Amazon Alexa Coming to Toyota Vehicles

"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", said Zack Hicks, senior vice president and chief information officer of Toyota Motor North America and chief executive officer and president of Toyota Connected.

Toyota has announced plans to bring the Amazon Alexa virtual assistant to some of its Lexus and Toyota models later this year.

Amazon's technology will be offered in certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles equipped with special infotainment software beginning in 2018 and expanding into more models in 2019. Alexa will let drivers and passengers get directions, control entertainment features, get the news and perform other functions in the vehicle via voice command, said both companies.

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In addition to being integrated with Windows 10 PCs from HP, Lenovo, Asus and Acer; Alexa also will power two Kohler toilets, a new bathroom mirror and other products from the new Kohler Konnect line, according to TechCrunch. Furthermore, past year in November Amazon announced a suite of voice-activated work tools to allow you to bring Alexa to the office.

"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.

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. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Nissan, Daimler, Ford and BMW have all already announced some form of integration of Alexa. The company still does not offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration to its touchscreens, despite almost every other major automaker already offering it.


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