Toyota Connects With Alexa Voice Assistant

Jan 12, 2018, 03:28
Toyota Connects With Alexa Voice Assistant

For example, if a Toyota customer has a thermostat in their home that can be controlled with Alexa, they will still be able to control it with their voice in the vehicle.

In what's becoming an annual tradition, the CES electronics trade show, being held this week in Las Vegas, has brought a flurry of announcements of new gadgets built to work with the Seattle company's voice-activated Alexa software.

While Alexa is yet to be offered in Australia, it is coming in the first quarter of this year. That the glasses look like normal eyewear is a good start - if Glass proved anything, it's that most people don't want to look like a cybernetics-enhanced android.

With Alexa's entry to Windows 10 devices, the digital assistant now poses a greater threat to Siri and Google Assistant.

Japanese automaker Toyota will integrate Amazon's Alexa voice assistant into some of its cars as the auto industry increasingly adopts the tech world's hottest offerings to improve the vehicle experience.

In August, tied-up with Amazon to let - rivaling Google Assistant and. The company told Bloomberg that it's excited about the "ability to bring Alexa to customers in a new way". That's not yet possible with Vuzix's glasses, but similar functionality is already appearing on smartphones thanks to features like Google Lens and Samsung Bixby. Analysts with RBC Capital Markets estimated that Amazon sold 33 million Echo devices in 2017, up from 4 million the prior year.

This company isn't new to making smart glasses, but the product it plans to unveil at CES 2018 could change the game. Just like the home version, Toyota's Alexa implementation can also gain skills from third party developers. Considering that Alexa for Windows will give the AI a front end that's far more powerful than a smart speaker or smart home controller.

Working together, Alexa and Cortana would make a very powerful team. The project involves Amazon and well-known manufacturers of personal computers, in particular, HP, Lenovo, ASUS and Acer.

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