A number of carmakers have introduced Amazon Alexa voice commands that can activate the locks and climate control on their cars, but Toyota is going a step further with Alexa integration by bringing Alexa into the vehicle. And there will be more to come, in line with Amazon's plans to release the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit to help developers with Alexa integrations in their products, such as smartwatches and fitness trackers.
Toyota's Entune 3.0 system debuted on its 2018 Camry and Sienna models previous year and Lexus' version showed up a couple of months later on RC, LS, and LC models. Among other things they'll be able to remotely start the vehicle, unlock its doors or even check fuel levels, for example.
But where motorists typically have to learn fairly rigid voice commands to operate the onboard enTune system, Alexa can understand and respond to much more natural speech, while also offering a much wider array of services and functions. The 75-employee company that specializes in wearable display and virtual reality and augmented reality technologies managed to integrate Alexa into its invention thanks to an Amazon program that enables third-party manufacturers to put the digital assistant into their products.
Enjoy The GearBrain and let us know if you don't see a product listed - but are searching for a solution that works specifically with either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. The Marketplace already allows a driver to order beverages and food from some partners, while also reserving a hotel room or an airline ticket.