Lexus vehicles to feature Amazon Alexa

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There's a lot of third-party devices out there that are putting Alexa on your dashboard as an aftermarket add-on, but Toyota is one of the first automakers to fully embrace loading their vehicles up with Amazon's voice-powered smart assistant.

We arrived late Sunday night and strolled past an In-N-Out - a Double-Double seemed like a good way to kick off our week at this insane tech expo, where more than 170,000 attendees from 150 countries gather to get a glimpse of some of tomorrow's technology. This feature will allow Toyota and Lexus customers in the USA to interact with Alexa in the vehicle. Furthermore, past year in November Amazon announced a suite of voice-activated work tools to allow you to bring Alexa to the office.

To start, just select the voice assistant you use below - either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

This year, you can also expect a peek into the future of 5G connectivity; augmented reality; wireless charging; self-driving cars; 8K TVs; wearables; and much more.

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"T$3 hrough our integration with Amazon Alexa, Toyota and Lexus customers will soon be able to easily speak to Alexa in their cars while on-the-go", Toyota Vice President Zack Hicks said. But it is interesting to see how Alexa would get into this same nascent space. The latest development is a lightweight solution of the AVS Device SDK that the company launched past year to let OEMs start integrating Alexa into their Bluetooth-supported connected devices. A motorist can ask Alexa to play music, order a cup of coffee from a nearby Starbuck's, or operate various home automation devices, turning up the thermostat or turning on the lights at home, for example. "This integration means that customers can interact with Alexa, virtually anywhere they drive".

"People tell us they love Alexa in the home", said John Scumniotales, the head of product for Amazon Alexa. "This feature will allow Toyota and Lexus customers in the United States to interact with Alexa in the auto".

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