Many people are getting used to asking Alexa to make dim the lights or put on music, but Lamborghini owners will soon be able to ask Alexa to turn on the air-conditioning or warm up the seats.
The company announced at CES in Las Vegas that its 2020 Huracán EVO range would become the first car in the auto industry to be controlled via Amazon Alexa, allowing drivers to concentrate on the road ahead while using voice controls to adjust functions such as climate, interior lighting and seat heating.
“The Huracán EVO is an outstanding driver’s car, and connectivity enables our customers to focus on the driving, thus enhancing their Lamborghini experience,” says Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini. “This is the first time an automaker will deliver in-cabin car control through Amazon Alexa to bring together car controls as well as smart commands and Alexa’s standard capabilities.”
The driver will be also able to ask for directions, check news and weather, and stream music and audiobooks. And, it also integrates with Amazon’s home controls, allowing voice controls over connected home devices such as entry gates, lights and thermostats.
Lamborghini and Amazon partnered up on the specially-enhanced Human Machine Interface (HMI) that not only allows the new suite of voice controls, but will allow continuous upgrading of Alexa’s functionality in Lamborghini models, integrating more fully with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and expanding future connectivity capabilities.
“Our vision is for Alexa to become a natural, intuitive part of the driving experience, and Lamborghini has embraced that by integrating Alexa directly into its onboard infotainment systems,” says Ned Curic, Vice President of Amazon’s Alexa Auto. “The integration will enable Lamborghini owners to enjoy the convenience of an intelligent voice service while focusing on the joy of the Lamborghini driving experience, and we expect it to set a new standard for in-car voice experiences when it ships this year.”
The Alexa option will be integrated into Huracán EVO models through 2020.