Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant used to live predominantly in wireless speakers, but is now moving into smartphones (the Huawei Mate 9 becoming the first, and so far only example) and, what do you know – cars! At CES, Volkswagen announced it’s integrating Alexa into future automobiles with the goal of providing driving-oriented functionality.
Volkswagen and Amazon will be discussing more details about in-car Alexa integration later in the year. The German auto maker isn’t the only one integrating with Alexa, though. Ford will be adding the feature as well, enabling smart home features, search and navigation queries, andAmazon functionality like listening to audio books, streaming music, and shopping. Clearly, there is plenty of potential in Alexa as a driver’s sidekick.