Lexus vehicles to feature Amazon Alexa

Lexus vehicles to feature Amazon Alexa

Drivers of some new Toyota vehicles will soon be able to have conversations with their cars, or at least ask them politely to do certain things.

The company announced the partnership at Consumer Electronic Show (CES), happening in Las Vegas.

In addition to being integrated with Windows 10 PCs from HP, Lenovo, Asus and Acer; Alexa also will power two Kohler toilets, a new bathroom mirror and other products from the new Kohler Konnect line, according to TechCrunch. "This feature will allow Toyota and Lexus customers in the United States to interact with Alexa in the vehicle".

Alexa will debut in "select Toyota and Lexus vehicles with Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite and Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 in 2018", Toyota said in a statement. According to Toyota, they will be fitting their future vehicle with Alexa this year but so far, they have not said anything about adding the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. Just like the home version, Toyota's Alexa implementation can also gain skills from third party developers.

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"We're thrilled that Toyota and Lexus will bring Alexa to customers on the road", said John Scumniotales, head of product for Amazon Alexa Automotive.

These companies will allow Alexa into their vehicles or integrating the voice service into the connectivity systems that link customers' cars and mobile phones.

Toyota's Entune 3.0 system debuted on its 2018 Camry and Sienna models previous year and Lexus' version showed up a couple of months later on RC, LS, and LC models.

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