You thought Amazon’s convenient shop-from-home online model was a threat; now we’ll be shopping from the car.
Starting this summer, Ford’s Sync 3 will be compatible with Amazon’s Alexa via a new app that will let you use the steering wheel controls or radio screen to launch into Alexa mode. Then you can order products from Amazon as you drive, or access bank accounts, or operate the home lights/heating, etc. You’ll be able to do anything in the car you can do in the home with Amazon’s Echo and Alexa voice assistant, said Ford at CES.
Volkswagen will even let you ask Alexa to change the radio station, says Jalopnik. VW announced at CES its vehicles will be compatible with Alexa in the future, allowing shopping from the car and the ability to ask Alexa questions as you drive.
VW is also connecting to the home through DoorBird, which alerts you when anyone is at your home and ringing the video doorbell. You control the system from the car screen. This also lets you control home lighting from the car. You can even set the system to alert you if you leave something important at home. “A trigger or connecting a phone causes the app to initiate a search for all objects and devices linked to the app with small Bluetooth tags,” said VW.
Inrix is offering an Alexa platform to its OEM partners who want to include Alexa’s voice assistant in their cars.
Hyundai already uses Alexa (since last summer in the Genesis) to remote start your car from the home by voice and perform a limited number of functions that don’t yet include shopping.
And BMW also offers some Alexa capabilities including remote start from the home by voice as well as checking battery charges and fuel levels or remotely locking the car door.
Alexa was seen everywhere at CES, not just the car. Some of the new devices with Alexa capability include TVs, an LG refrigerator, a lamp from GE, and a dancing robot, according to The Verge.