Toyota and Lexus will feature Amazon Alexa in new vehicles

Carla Harmon
January 13, 2018

According to a variety of reports coming out of CES 2018, Vuzix is adding Alexa into its Blade smart glasses which have been officially revealed at the gadget show and are apparently due to hit the market in the second quarter of this year for a cool $1,000.

"As Vuzix' next earnest step into consumer-grade augmented reality, the Vuzix Blade AR glasses will undoubtedly blaze the trail toward logical, approachable AR for everyone, with Amazon's Alexa digital assistant steering the wheel". The announcement was made at CES 2018, which these days takes place in Las Vegas (NV, USA). Users can say things like, "Alexa, turn down the volume on the living room TV", or "Alexa, change the channel to CNN on my kitchen TV".

"Voice services are rapidly becoming more popular and through our integration with Amazon Alexa, Toyota and Lexus customers will soon be able to easily speak to Alexa in their cars while on-the-go", said Zack Hicks, the head of Toyota Connect, the Japanese automaker's data and digital services subsidiary.

"Customers will be able to access Alexa's range of skills â€" as its voice applications are called â€" while in the auto.

But Toyota will also allow a motorist to use the system from home. Alexa will let drivers and passengers get directions, control entertainment features, get the news and perform other functions in the auto via voice command, said both companies.

But where motorists typically have to learn fairly rigid voice commands to operate the onboard enTune system, Alexa can understand and respond to much more natural speech, while also offering a much wider array of services and functions. Now, the news is already official and sources are saying that Amazon Alexa is now going to make it's debuted on Windows 10 PCs and will sit alongside Microsoft's preloaded Cortana assistant.

The partnership will bring to life Amazon's plans to expand its speech platform beyond one's home.

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