Amazon Alexa coming this year to some Toyota and Lexus cars

CNET | 1/9/2018 | Ben Fox Rubin
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John Scumniotales, of Amazon Alexa Automotive, at Toyota's CES booth on Tuesday.

Toyota said Tuesday that it's bringing Amazon's Alexa voice assistant to select Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the US this year.

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"Voice is a simple, natural and safe way to communicate, especially when you're in the car," John Scumniotales, head of product for Amazon Alexa Automotive, said at the Toyota booth at the CES tech show.

Automotive is a new expansion area for Alexa and other voice assistants. The Alexa features should provide people with the added convenience of just calling out to play music or get directions, but the digital assistant could also help with safety, by helping drivers keep their eyes on the road.

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After successfully introducing Alexa into people's homes, Amazon is working on bringing Alexa to the workplace too, as part of a larger effort to let people access the voice assistant in more places throughout the day.

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