Toyota, Lexus will add Amazon Alexa to some models in 2018

Pablo Tucker
January 11, 2018

Toyota said Tuesday that it's bringing Amazon's Alexa voice assistant to select Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the USA this year.

The feature will be available in all Toyota and Lexus cars that have the Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite and Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 in 2018.

"Voice is a simple, natural and safe way to communicate, especially when you're in the vehicle", John Scumniotales, head of product for Amazon Alexa Automotive, said at the Toyota booth at the CES tech show. Other models will also get Alexa support beginning in 2019.

"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", Zack Hicks, SVP and CIO of Toyota Motor North America, said in a statement.

This means you'll be able to control your smart home, add stuff to your shopping list, or start an audiobook from behind the wheel of your well-equipped, 2019 Camry without having to take your hands or eyes away from the task of driving.

Ford announced plans to begin testing Alexa in cars at CES previous year, and BMW previously announced plans to begin adding Alexa support to its model lineup last September. That's a departure from some automakers using voice assistants that perform limited vehicle functions to control lights, locks, and engine starting.

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