January 5, 2017
Ford is teaming up with Amazon to bring the eCommerce firm’s digital assistant to its vehicles.
Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, the Alexa integration permits Ford vehicle owners to play and resume audiobooks and order items from Amazon.com.The ability to remote start, lock or unlock doors, and get vehicle information using voice commands will also be available.
Ford drivers with SYNC 3 can ask Alexa to read weather reports, play music or check the news from their vehicles.
“Ford and Amazon are aligned around a vision that your voice should be the primary way to interface with your favorite devices and services,” Ford connected vehicle and services executive director Don Butler said in a press release. “Customers will be able to start their vehicles from home, and manage smart home features while on the road – making life easier.”
Ford’s integration with Alexa will launch in two separate phases. The first phase, available this month, will connect drivers to their car via Alexa devices such as Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap. The second phase, which is to roll out this summer, gives access to a wide range of Alexa skills simply by using one’s voice while driving.
Amazon Alexa vice-president Steve Rabuchin called voice control and commands “the future,” adding that having “that ability to use your voice to control your smart home, access entertainment, manage to-do lists and more makes for an extraordinary driving experience. We can’t wait for Ford customers to try this out.”
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.