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    General Motors to Bring Amazon Alexa to Millions of Vehicles

    General Motors to Bring Amazon Alexa to Millions of Vehicles
    General Motors
    September 25, 2019



    Integration of Amazon Alexa In-Vehicle Experience Enables Drivers to Get Routing Information, Play Music, Control their Smart Home and More with Their Voice

    DETROIT — General Motors is bringing millions of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac owners the ability to add convenience and productivity to their daily drives through a new in-vehicle Alexa1 experience coming in the first half of 2020. Leveraging embedded available 4G LTE connectivity and GM’s updateable embedded app framework in the vehicle, GM will make Alexa available on model year 2018 and newer cars, trucks and crossovers with compatible infotainment systems2.

    GM research shows that many customers prefer to use the same voice services they use in their home in their vehicles. The Alexa voice experience in GM vehicles leverages the Alexa Auto Software Development Kit, which gives customers access to standard Alexa skills and capabilities. This will also enable GM to create custom skills in the future that are relevant to the customer’s vehicle. This collaboration represents the broadest rollout of an embedded Alexa Auto experience to date, and provides a tailored voice experience for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac drivers with properly equipped vehicles.

    “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, vice president for Global Connected Services, GM. “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.”

    Drivers can enjoy Alexa by using simple voice commands, all while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel: Check the news, control smart home devices like lights or thermostats, add items to their shopping cart, and access tens of thousands of Alexa skills. Additionally, GM is delivering several categories of Alexa features that expand on the in-vehicle experience, including:

    Navigation – Ask Alexa to get directions to a specific address or point of interest, such as a vehicle dealer, or just ask for nearby coffee shops. Alexa seamlessly integrates with compatible, embedded navigation systems in the vehicle or available OnStar Turn-by-Turn navigation using natural language.

    Media – Ask Alexa to play a specific song, artist, genre, or station, as well as audiobooks or podcasts. Alexa can fulfill the request by bringing up available streaming services.

    Calling – Drivers can ask Alexa to call friends and family using their voice when they pair their phone via Bluetooth and share their contacts with Amazon.

    “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.”

    This integration represents the latest collaboration between GM and Amazon. In 2018, GM launched in-car delivery with Key by Amazon and a series of Connected Car skills for Alexa, available on millions of eligible Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles in select cities. More information about how customers can set up Alexa will be shared closer to launch.

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    Re: General Motors to Bring Amazon Alexa to Millions of Vehicles

    Awesome....running Amazon music from android auto straight up sucked without Alexa.
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    Re: General Motors to Bring Amazon Alexa to Millions of Vehicles

    Another spy device, 10x more powerful than NonStar. And people will suck this up like free money. I would not have Alexa on my property, period.
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    Re: General Motors to Bring Amazon Alexa to Millions of Vehicles

    Quote Originally Posted by Neanderthal View Post
    Another spy device, 10x more powerful than NonStar. And people will suck this up like free money. I would not have Alexa on my property, period.
    Alexa is the enemy. I mean that with all seriousness the word enemy carrys
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    Re: General Motors to Bring Amazon Alexa to Millions of Vehicles

    Amazon Alexa like other have said, is a spy. We need that in our vehicles like we need another hole in our heads. The on board black boxes etc are plenty IMO.

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    Re: General Motors to Bring Amazon Alexa to Millions of Vehicles

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    Alexa is the enemy. I mean that with all seriousness the word enemy carrys
    A friend's son gave him an Alexa or the equivalent for a Christmas present last Christmas. I know it was well-intentioned, but I told him "Get it out of your house, kill it, return it, throw it in the river!"
    I think he still has it, but it doesn't work very well. Or does it?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1958carnut View Post
    Amazon Alexa like other have said, is a spy. We need that in our vehicles like we need another hole in our heads. The on board black boxes etc are plenty IMO.
    And our phones do a pretty good job in the meantime.

    So who here has subscribed to their insurance company "safe driver" onboard spy? Just curious as to the level of trust.
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    Re: General Motors to Bring Amazon Alexa to Millions of Vehicles

    There are clearly people who aren't big fans of Alexa and similar devices/services (myself included).

    That said, this is a great move for GM. For the people who do use these things and don't care about the potential privacy implications, this will be a huge step in positioning GM as a technology leader. I suspect the fact that this will be made available even in existing vehicles going back to 2018 will also generate a lot of goodwill.
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    Re: General Motors to Bring Amazon Alexa to Millions of Vehicles

    I use Google Assistant now with Android Auto - very handy. I can even start my car with it. Hands free assistance is an obvious application in autos.

    I find Amazon Alexa to be less helpful than GA but I think it's more popular. Makes sense for GM to get on board.

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    Re: General Motors to Bring Amazon Alexa to Millions of Vehicles

    We've had this discussion before so i'll keep it to a minimum...but I'll re-iterate my point from the previous discussion...I don't care if Google/Alexa/Siri is listening...what are they going to hear that can hurt me in any kind of way? Most I get from these assistants is well...assistance, I get a notification before I set off if there's any sort of traffic delay, automatic re-routing in advance, weather alerts....and a daily joke.
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    Re: General Motors to Bring Amazon Alexa to Millions of Vehicles

    Lincolns MKC ads are pushing this feature currently. It's inevitable that others will follow.

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    Re: General Motors to Bring Amazon Alexa to Millions of Vehicles

    Toyota already has this....if I'm not mistaken in the 2019-20 Camry
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    Re: General Motors to Bring Amazon Alexa to Millions of Vehicles

    Quote Originally Posted by sdotjeezy View Post
    Toyota already has this....if I'm not mistaken in the 2019-20 Camry
    Correct. Toyota introduced Alexa integration with Entune 3.0. 2018 Camry was the first Toyota model to incorporate the feature.

    Here is a list of vehicles whose infotainment system has integration with this particular spy device ("Alexa Auto"):

    Audi
    • A6 2020+
    • A7 2020+
    • A8 2020
    • e-tron 2019+
    • Q3 2020+
    • Q7 2020+
    • Q8 2020+


    Ford/Lincoln
    • C-Max 2016+
    • Ecosport 2018+
    • Edge 2016+
    • Escape 2016+
    • Expedition 2016+
    • Explorer 2016+
    • F-150 2016+
    • F-250 2016+
    • F-350 2016+
    • Fiesta 2016+
    • Flex 2016+
    • Focus 2016+
    • Fusion 2017+
    • Mustang 2016+
    • Ranger 2019+
    • Taurus 2016+
    • Aviator 2020+
    • Continental 2017+
    • Corsair 2020+
    • MKC 2016+
    • MKS 2016+
    • MKT 2016+
    • MKX 2016+
    • MKZ 2017+
    • Nautilus 2019+
    • Navigator 2016+


    GM - refer to OP

    Toyota/Lexus
    • 4Runner 2020+
    • Avalon 2019+
    • Camry 2018+
    • Corolla 2020+
    • Corolla Hatchback 2019+
    • C-HR 2020+
    • Highlander 2020+
    • Prius 2020+
    • Prius Prime 2020+
    • RAV4 2019+
    • Sequoia 2020+
    • Sienna 2018+
    • Tacoma 2020+
    • Tundra 2020+
    • ES 2018+
    • LC 2018+
    • LS 2018+
    • NX 2018+
    • RC 2018 +
    • RX 2020+
    • UX 2019+
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    Re: General Motors to Bring Amazon Alexa to Millions of Vehicles

    Quote Originally Posted by sdotjeezy View Post
    Toyota already has this....if I'm not mistaken in the 2019-20 Camry
    The difference is GM will be making this available to 2018+ models and a wider array of vehicles...Chevy, GMC, Cadillac and Buick models, which, for those customers that use Alexa its a cool feature that can be updated to their older vehicles.

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    Re: General Motors to Bring Amazon Alexa to Millions of Vehicles

    Another tracking device... However, there are already so many tracking devices, microphones, etc. that I no longer care. Plus, there really isn't anything interesting going on with me to track anyway. I just jealous of the people who have issues with it, I assume they have more interesting lives than I, and need to hide what they are doing.

    I wonder if the CIA/FBI gets special vehicles without any kinds of OnStar, Alexa, etc.?

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    Re: General Motors to Bring Amazon Alexa to Millions of Vehicles

    And now Amazon is adding Samuel L. Jackson's voice as an option to Alexa. I can't wait for new vehicle GPS to yell "I said take a right, mother****er!"
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