Amazon Alexa voice control can now be integrated into current Jaguar and Land Rover models via an over-the-air update.
If you are traveling in a Jaguar or Land Rover, you will always have a passenger on board if you wish. In the vehicles of the British manufacturer, which are equipped with the current infotainment generation "Pivi Pro", the Amazon voice control Alexa can move in via an over-the-air update.
The Alexa integration was shown for the first time in the new Range Rover, which will soon be on the road. According to the company, more than 200,000 cars are currently in the hands of customers worldwide, which allow a corresponding integration via the Internet. However, Alexa will not step in automatically. A message about the availability of the language assistants should be displayed on the touchscreen of the infotainment system, which also shows steps for activation.
Alexa finds the way and the right music
Naturally spoken commands should offer drivers and passengers more comfort. For example, the statement "Alexa, show me restaurants nearby" shows a selection of restaurants on the display, and the desired address is then taken over directly by the navigation system. Your own smart home can also be controlled from the car using voice commands.
Alexa also takes care of selecting the favorite music from the streaming service used by the customer. It is not limited to Amazon Music, but can also be used with Spotify, TuneIn and Deezer, among others.
"Customers interact with Alexa billions of times worldwide and every week," says Christian Mentz, Head of Alexa Automotive International. "We're excited to bring this wonderful, easy-to-use experience to Jaguar and Land Rover customers. And as Alexa keeps getting smarter, we'll automatically add new features and capabilities to their vehicles over time."
Jaguar Land Rover uses Amazon Alexa as a new voice assistant in the car. This not only allows you to control functions while driving, but also, for example, to activate the heating in the networked house via the connection to the Internet before arriving at home. Alexa can be loaded onto all Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles that have the current Pivi Pro system via an online update.