Amazon Alexa is coming to Toyota cars

Amazon Alexa is coming to Toyota cars

As Google vies with Amazon for dominance in the smart speaker market, the search company seeks to add more third-party apps and functionality to its platform. Of course, audio was a big thing this year, but that should be nothing new as companies use CES to unveil new headphones and other types of audio all the time. The device comes with two speakers tuned by Meridian Audio and there's also a camera on board for making video calls via Google Duo. This LG ThinQ Google Assistant Touch Screen Speaker is one of them, and like Lenovo's Smart Display, it's built on a Qualcomm Home Hub Platform.

If Amazon Alexa owned CES 2017, the Google Assistant has arguably repeated the feat at this year's Las Vegas showcase. The device could take the driver's orders to let him/her show the directions or to play a particular music. While the company hasn't indicated a particular date, you can expect the firmware update in the next few months. The 8-inch model is priced at $199 while the 10-inch will retail at $249 when it goes on sale in early summer.

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"With more connected home devices introduced each year, it can be a challenge to make sure they all remain interconnected", said Ryan Craig, senior manager, internet of things global strategy and partnerships.

Now if only Toyota would add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well. However, storage specifications do not really matter much on devices likes these, as its role is to respond to voice commands and deliver requests via its display. Alexa will let drivers and passengers get directions, control entertainment features, get the news and perform other functions in the auto via voice command, said both companies.


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