Toyota Adding Alexa to Select Cars in 2018

Amazon's Alexa digital assistant will soon ride shotgun with Toyota drivers.

However, the specific models compatible with the technology are unknown with speculations having that a'select'Toyota Entune 3.0 and Lexus Enform 2.0 App suite infotainment systems will have Alexa.

The announcement was made on January 8that the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas, Nevada where Toyota unveileduse of Amazon Alexa in the automobile will commence from 2018 onwards.

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So what's with the fuzz of Amazon Alex been integrated into Toyota cars?

Amazon's voice-activated home assistant Amazon Alexa is making its way to a number of laptop and desktop models, challenging Microsoft's own PC assistant Cortana on her own operating system. All of Alexa's skill will be available in the vehicle.

But they contain a decent amount of tech that connects to a wearer's phone and effectively provides a wearable head-up display, a built-in camera, microphone and side-mounted touchpad to make the glasses a "smart" device. Among other things they'll be able to remotely start the vehicle, unlock its doors or even check fuel levels, for example.

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STUFFING AMAZON'S ALEXA into a pair of glasses it a bit of a jump form popping the virtual assistant into a speaker, but that's what smart glasses maker Vuzix has done. General Motors plans to offer even more expanded e-commerce applications when it finishes integrating the Amazon service into its new GM Marketplace in the months to come. "It's still really day one for us in terms of what we can do with Alexa in the vehicle", said John Scumniotales, head of products for Alexa's automotive efforts, onstage at an event at CES.

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

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