Alexa, Integrate With my GM Vehicle

There’s a new feature from GM; Alexa. And it’s coming to automobiles. They have charted a path to adoption, now your commands are Amazon bound.

GM says its research shows that buyers want the same voice services they get at home in their car. So they’re taking advantage of the upgradable software in the automaker’s current infotainment systems to add the Amazon Alexa Auto Software Development kit. It’s the widest rollout of embedded Alexa so far, GM says, and it can be added to most model year 2018 and newer GM vehicles, and it uses the 4G LTE modem built into the car instead of requiring your phone to be paired.

It will allows for the use of simple voice commands, and let drivers do things like check the news, add items to their shopping carts, or even adjust a smart home thermostat on the move. GM is also developing its own Alexa features to let it control the car as well. Features like navigation commands; adding points of interest to the directions; finding local businesses; it will even work with OnStar Turn-by-Turn navigation if the car doesn’t have the full built-in Nav system. It can also play specific songs, artists, genres or stations on demand.

Just ask and ye shall receive to your ear. And, of course, it works with calling functions if your phone is paired via Bluetooth.

“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.”

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