Amazon’s Alexa AI will start powering Toyota cars this year

The AI that has taken over households in Amazon’s incredibly popular Echo speakers will be arriving in certain cars this year.

Toyota, one of the world’s leading car manufacturers, have announced the introduction of Alexa to their cars starting this year. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week Toyota announced that they would implement the Amazon’s AI, Alexa, into a range of Toyota and Lexus cars.

With the smart AI in your car users will be able to ask Alexa to do most of the things that made her special in Echo speakers. Ask Alexa to play music, control smart devices within your car, map directions for your journey and more. In fact a lot more as Amazon boast that Alexa is capable of over 25,000 skills from third-party developers.

The senior vice president and chief information officer of Toyota Motor North America and CEO and president of Toyota Connected, Zack Hicks said: “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.”

Toyota said that Alexa will be integrated into their vehicles with Entune 3.0 infotainment system and Lexus models with the Enform 2.0 system. They haven’t yet revealed which models will be getting these softwares but Entune 3.0 has been announced for the 2018 Toyota Camry and they say more vehicles will be compatible in 2019.

Alexa has been available in cars before through third-party software like Muse and Ford announced in 2017 that they would bring Alexa to certain cars. Other auto-manufacturers are getting in on the AI game with Kia announcing Google Assistant in certain 2018 models.

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