Way back in January 2017 at CES 2017 BMW and Nissan announced that the companies would be bringing Microsoft’s Cortana to your car as part of its Connected Car vision. Cortana on their cars would be available on the infotainment system which will allow users to carry out almost all the tasks they can do with Cortana on their Windows 10 PC or mobile devices. Drivers will be able to enable Cortana with their voice, just like they can on their PC, Xbox One, HoloLens, and mobile devices.
Since then we have not heard much more about the initiative, and Amazon is using this slack to try and install their own digital assistant in the dashboard of your vehicle.
While no car maker is offering the fully integrated experience yet, Amazon is promising much the same – the ability to do searches, navigation, home automation, check your calendar and more. With Alexa of course already in more than 20% of US households it seems likely automakers will see this as a bigger selling point than the rarely used Cortana service.
Many connected vehicles already offer some Alexa skills, allowing drivers to pre-heat their vehicles for example remotely or check the charge level on their car.
Read more about what Amazon offers at their site here.