Toyota is the latest auto maker to add Alexa to its cars

Toyota is the latest auto maker to add Alexa to its cars

Drivers of some new Toyota vehicles will soon be able to have conversations with their cars, or at least ask them politely to do certain things.

Toyota has announced plans to bring the Amazon Alexa virtual assistant to some of its Lexus and Toyota models later this year.

Toyota announced Tuesday that they will be incorporating Alexa in select Toyota and Lexus cars in 2019.

Customers will be able to access Alexa's range of skills - as its voice applications are called - while in the vehicle.

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The Drive reached out to Toyota regarding which cars will receive Alexa integration first, the possibility of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-equipped Toyotas, and recommendations for drivers less than thrilled with the idea of an always-on microphone embedded in their new vehicle.

Both Lexus and Toyota vehicles will benefit from the voice assistant; in particular those with the Entune 3.0 App Suite, including the 2018 Toyota Camry and Sienna, and the vast majority of current model year Lexus vehicles with the Enform App Suite 2.0.

Alexa in cars can also be synced with smart-home devices. "It's still really day one for us in terms of what we can do with Alexa in the vehicle", said John Scumniotales, head of products for Alexa's automotive efforts, onstage at a CES event.

These companies will allow Alexa into their vehicles or integrating the voice service into the connectivity systems that link customers' cars and mobile phones. But Amazon's deal with Toyota, one of the world's largest automakers, marks new heights for Alexa's world domination.

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