Informed about the introduction of Amazon Alexa in your vehicle announced and other known brands.
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.
Alexa will let drivers and passengers get directions, control entertainment features, get the news and perform other functions in the auto via voice command, the companies said Tuesday at the CES consumer electronics conference in Las Vegas.
Voice control has been available for quite some time in Android Auto equipped cars, but the actual assistant will provide a little more functionality and usability. Thanks Alexa the drivers are not distracted from the management, will be able to give the onboard computer commands in natural language.
The world's largest online retailer is seeking to remain in constant contact with customers by making its Alexa platform and Echo digital assistants as ubiquitous as possible.
Toyota's Entune 3.0 system debuted on its 2018 Camry and Sienna models past year and Lexus' version showed up a couple of months later on RC, LS, and LC models. Toyota is planning to bring Alexa to more of its own models this year and in 2019.
Toyota announced the partnership Tuesday, saying the cloud-based voice assistant would be included in vehicles equipped with the Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite and Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0, allowing riders to interact with Alexa in the auto. Among them, in particular, includes giants BMW and Nissan.