Toyota will bring Alexa to its United States cars this year


Infotainment systems providers Panasonic and Garmin announced Alexa integration, along with other automakers and smart home gadget firms.

Windows-computers with support for Amazon Alexa will appear in the current year.

Voice has been a challenge for carmakers; Alexa could change that. Meanwhile, Amazon will release Alexa app in the coming weeks, and PC makers are seeking help from Intel's Smart Sound Technology to ensure hands-free access to Alexa on PCs.

Meanwhile, Toyota and Amazon announced at CES that Alexa will be integrated into some makes of Toyota and Lexus automobiles, allowing car owners to use the virtual assistant to auto-lock and remotely start their vehicles, among other functions, according to CNET.

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The statement continued: "Additional models will be available in 2019".

Customers will be able to access Alexa's range of skills - as its voice applications are called - while in the auto. The popularity of Alexa in homes has led many observers and analysts to conclude that it could bring voice in vehicle to a new level.

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.