Amazon Alexa Coming to Toyota Vehicles

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This will enable the assistant to work with its newest infotainment platforms. The company still does not offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration to its touchscreens, despite almost every other major automaker already offering it.

Amazon's intelligent assistant Alexa will be going for a ride in select Toyota and Lexus vehicles later this year.

Speaking to TechCrunch, Steve Rabuchin, the vice president of Amazon Alexa said that "I think you'll see a lot more games come out this year that take advantage of the buttons".

Toyota suggests a number of ways users could use Alexa in the auto, such as for taking notes and setting reminders, activating apps, or for controlling other smart devices, such as the heating and cooling on your house. In the past, voice assistants in vehicles only had a few functionalities, including the ability to control lights, locks and starting engines.

"We think voice will be a big part of the future, and we're excited that this is day one for Alexa on PCs", an Amazon spokesperson told eWEEK in an email.

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The addition of Amazon Alexa on Acer, Asus, and HP computers poses a major challenge to Microsoft's own Cortana, which the company has integrated into its Windows operating system. "We want Alexa to be everywhere our customers are", the spokesperson said, "but I don't have anything specific to share today".

The company doesn't disclose sales of Echo devices beyond a year-end news release touting the sales of "tens of millions" of Alexa-enabled devices during the holiday season. 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.

Ford announced plans to begin testing Alexa in cars at CES past year, and BMW previously announced plans to begin adding Alexa support to its model lineup last September.

Alexa is also making its way deeper into the realm of Microsoft's Cortana.

In August, tied-up with Amazon to let - rivaling Google Assistant and. 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.

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