Alexa, the point of contact for most people with their voice activated home systems is going to be going mobile in General Motors vehicles.
Deploying in the first half of 2020, the Amazon voice control module will be integrated into Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles from model year 2018 or later, dependent on model, OnStar service plan, electrical system status, mobile reception and GPS signal.
“GM’s updateable app framework and vehicle connectivity lets us provide customers with new technologies that enhance the ownership experience, even to customers with vehicles that are already on the road,” said Santiago Chamorro, GM’s vice president for Global Connected Services. “Bringing the Alexa experience to our vehicles is an example of how we are listening to our customers’ feedback, and offering them the voice technology of their choice.”
In addition to the standard suite of Alexa skills and capabilities, GM vehicle owners will have voice control over navigation, audio system and even some home functions. In the future, GM says drivers will be able to create custom skills as the system evolves.
“Customers already love using Alexa at home, and soon they can bring her with them on the go, whether they’re looking for a new car or own a compatible Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle already on the road,” added Ned Curic, VP of Alexa Auto at Amazon. “We’re thrilled to be working with GM to help their customers stay more connected, more entertained, and more productive.”
Drivers can ask Alexa to plot a route to a specific address or to a point of interest, local dealer or nearby restaurants or coffee shops, to play a specific song artist, music genre or music station, and podcast or audiobook, and of course place a call by name or number.
Additionally, users will be able to check the news, control smart home devices such as lights and thermostats, and even add Amazon items to their shopping carts.