Toyota will add Amazon Alexa to select cars in 2018

Google will have a stand-alone booth at the event for the first time in a long time. Alex Wong  Getty Images

Google will have a stand-alone booth at the event for the first time in a long time. Alex Wong Getty Images

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.

In an announcement made at CES 2018 in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Alexa will show up on "select" vehicles equipped with Toyota's Entune 3.0 infotainment or Lexus's Enform 2.0 head unit later this year with more to be added in 2019.

People whose Toyotas come with the Entune 3.0 App Suite, like 2018 Camry and Sienna models, as well as Lexus owners whose auto runs the Enform App Suite 2.0, will be able to speak with Amazon's AI assistant this year.

But, except for the fact that they offer a Windows 10 experience, the Mac continues to be on top of the food chain and companies continue to fight against it. Asus also launched the Lyra Voice which is an Alexa powered speaker and had the capability to find network issues in your home Wifi setup. So apart from asking it some of the usual things, such as playing music or giving a weather report, passengers can also use the service to interact with smart-home devices to turn lights on in their homes or open their garage doors. This latest move by Amazon seems more like an attempt to challenge Cortana, rather than work with it, unless it proves to be the first chapter in showing how Alexa and Cortana will be mutual supportive. C'mon, you knew it was coming eventually.

Soon the voice assistant Amazon Alexa will appear on thousands of computers under control of operating system Windows 10.

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