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Amazon brings Alexa digital assistant along for the ride with Toyota

12 January 2018

The Alexa in Toyota vehicles will be able to do numerous things Alexa does in a smart speaker: control smart devices, play music, give navigation directions, and get access to more than 25,000 Alexa skills from third-party developers. Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant is installed by default on Windows 10 computers.

Others, including Hyundai and Ford, have already made similar moves.

"The world has become just too complex for just any single company to insist on a proprietary, closed solution", Park said. The company also unveiled the Acer V6820M/i 4K UHD projector, which also supports Amazon Alexa.

Even though a Google spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment, Google vice president of engineering Scott Huffman confirmed the company wants to spread Assistant to mobile devices, home gadgets, and cars to Bloomberg.

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While tech heads and people with nothing to hide may welcome the convenience of Amazon's digital helper being present in what will most definitely continue to be some of the most common cars on the road, more privacy-conscious and tin-foil-hatted drivers will undoubtedly balk at the idea of every new Corolla having an unmutable, direct line to the largest internet corporation in the world.

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"Our products will learn from users to provide intelligent services, not the other way around", Park said.

The preceding press release was provided by a company unaffiliated with Dealerscope.

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"Televisions, refrigerators and more will understand you and your preferences, and tailor an experience that is right for you", said Samsung global consumer electronics president H.S. Kim. The technology will be introduced in four new display devices this year, including JBL, Lenovo, LG and Sony. There's a comment section where you can post your questions - and we'll be happy to help you find the best answer for you and for your home.

Panasonic announcements included that it is working with Amazon to build Alexa smart assistant into "infotainment" systems it sells to carmakers. "This integration means that customers can interact with Alexa, virtually anywhere they drive".

Executives from Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant will be seeking new partners and other big technology companies, including Apple and Facebook Inc.'s Oculus division, will be at the show behind the scenes as they ramp up their virtual-reality and augmented-reality products.

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Amazon brings Alexa digital assistant along for the ride with Toyota