"Hands-free access to Alexa on PCs can be helpful to customers in many ways, like making it simple to interact with your smart home, get news or weather, set timers, and more", Steve Rabuchin, vice president of Amazon Alexa, said.
Toyota announced at CES this year that the carmaker will be offering support for Amazon Alexa within its vehicles - no additional hardware required. These manufacturers have debuted brand new PC models that are created to work with Alexa at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
While Toyota isn't the first to integrate the technology into its vehicles - Alexa can be called up in various Ford, BMW, Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz models, as well - it claims to be the first automaker to allow two-way use of the service. Users can say things like, "Alexa, turn down the volume on the living room TV", or "Alexa, change the channel to CNN on my kitchen TV". Alexa will let drivers and passengers get directions, control entertainment features, get the news and perform other functions in the auto via voice command, said both companies. Thanks Alexa the drivers are not distracted from the management, will be able to give the onboard computer commands in natural language.
"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.
STUFFING AMAZON'S ALEXA into a pair of glasses it a bit of a jump form popping the virtual assistant into a speaker, but that's what smart glasses maker Vuzix has done. "They also want it everywhere they are during the day". The Detroit automaker now allows a motorist to order a cup of coffee from Starbucks through Alexa, or a pizza from Domino's.
The partnership will bring to life Amazon's plans to expand its speech platform beyond one's home.
At the same venue, Toyota unveiled the autonomous e-palette concept.