Ford’s Sync 3 will team up with Amazon’s Alexa – an industry in-car first by using the Ford Sync AppLink technology. This was just announced at the January 2017 CES show.
The Alexa integration will be the most comprehensive ever in a vehicle. This allows users to play and resume audiobooks or order items on Amazon. They could search for and transfer local destination to the in-car navigation system, and more. From home, Ford vehicle owners will be able to remote start, lock or unlock doors, and get vehicle information using voice commands.
Ford plans to roll out this integration in two phases. The first in late Jan. 2017 connects you to your car from your home through Amazon devices such as Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap. The next phase, expected in summer 2017, allows you to tap into a broad set of Alexa skills using your voice while driving. This helps you keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
Innovations On the Go!
This industry-first in-car capability comes from the Ford Sync 3 AppLink. It simply requires drivers to tap the voice recognition button on the steering wheel. Then they would say, “Alexa,” followed by a question or command. Ford is currently in beta-testing this experience with some employees.
Inside the vehicle, drivers can ask the on-board to locate a desired destination. Alexa will use the vehicle’s location to find nearby businesses. A customer could say, “Alexa, find the nearest Italian restaurant.” Once the driver chooses the desired location, Alexa can transfer the address to the Sync 3 navigation system.
Innovations At Home!
Ford Focus Electric, Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi owners will be the first to access home-to-car capability using MyFord Mobile technology.
Ford plug-in electric owners can easily control their vehicle from home using Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap devices. Speaking directly to Alexa (in the home) they could make commands such as: “Start (or Stop) engine,” “Lock (or unlock) doors,” “Check range and charge status,” “Learn fuel level,” or “Obtain a vehicle mileage summary.”
Obviously there is much more information to come… so stay tuned.