Volkswagen is to to put Amazon’s Alexa voice system in its cars.
Its will integrate Alexa as a feature in its own connected car system.
Using Alexa, drivers will be able to make instructions to their connected home from their car, such as turning on the heating or boiling the kettle.
Volkswagen showcased a Tiguan SUV at the Consumer Electronics Show in the US with a voice command system that responds to keywords such as ‘Hey Volkswagen.’
Volkswagen has programmed several keywords that customers can choose from. For example, you could ask: ‘Hey buddy, ask Alexa how warm is it at home?’
Also, before leaving the house, you could say: ‘Alexa, ask Volkswagen how much fuel is left in the tank.’
Features will be available in all markets, but hasn't given an implementation date.
Volkswagen’s Alexa integration will work alongside its new Volkswagen user-ID system, that allows the Volkswagen connected car system and user preferences to be independent of the car and transfer from one vehicle to another.