Toyota will offer Alexa in its cars starting later this year

Toyota will offer Alexa in its cars starting later this year

Toyota will offer Alexa in its cars starting later this year

There's a lot of third-party devices out there that are putting Alexa on your dashboard as an aftermarket add-on, but Toyota is one of the first automakers to fully embrace loading their vehicles up with Amazon's voice-powered smart assistant.

Vuzix Chief Executive Officer Paul Travers said that his Company will release its AR glasses by the second quarter at a cost of about US$1,000, Travers said.

The addition of Amazon Alexa on Acer, Asus, and HP computers poses a major challenge to Microsoft's own Cortana, which the company has integrated into its Windows operating system. Alexa lives in the cloud, so she's always getting smarter, adding new capabilities that are delivered to your device automatically.

Vuzix is in the business of smart glasses for over 20 years.

Toyota will offer Alexa in its cars starting later this year
Toyota will offer Alexa in its cars starting later this year

A wearer can ask Alexa for information and have it displayed on the glasses using the augmented reality technology.

And with the recent reveal of the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, Amazon is clearly aiming to get Alexa into more wearable and portable devices beyond smartphones.

AR hardware company Vuzix designed a pair of smart sunglasses that are compatible with Amazon's Alexa. Vuzix holds 59 patents and 42 additional patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field. At CES in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Toyota announced the voice technology would be incorporated with the carmaker's infotainment systems.

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