Toyota to add Amazon Alexa integration to certain 2018, 2019 models

First Amazon Alexa-Enabled Digital Glasses to Be Shown at CES

Toyota has announced it will introduce Amazon Alexa, Amazon's intelligent cloud based voice service, within select Toyota and Lexus vehicles with Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite and Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 in 2018.

More information regarding the collaboration reveals that the Alexa will be both available for the Toyota line-ups and the whole luxury sedan Lexus cars line-ups.

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.

The company announced the partnership at Consumer Electronic Show (CES), happening in Las Vegas.

Amazon's Alexa digital assistant will soon ride shotgun with Toyota drivers. Amazon allows Alexa integration in third party products, and several tech manufacturers are using Alexa with their speakers and more, but this is the first time we're seeing Alexa breach another reality.

Customers will be able to access Alexa's range of skills - as its voice applications are called - while in the auto. But it is interesting to see how Alexa would get into this same nascent space. A motorist can ask Alexa to play music, order a cup of coffee from a nearby Starbuck's, or operate various home automation devices, turning up the thermostat or turning on the lights at home, for example.

The Drive reached out to Toyota regarding which cars will receive Alexa integration first, the possibility of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-equipped Toyotas, and recommendations for drivers less than thrilled with the idea of an always-on microphone embedded in their new vehicle. Executives from Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant will be seeking new partners and other big technology companies, including Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc.'s Oculus division, will be at the show behind the scenes as they ramp up their virtual-reality and augmented-reality products.

"People tell us they love Alexa in the home", said John Scumniotales, the head of product for Amazon Alexa.

At the same venue, Toyota unveiled the autonomous e-palette concept.

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