Car manufacturers have gladly embraced the use of emerging technologies in their products. As competition stiffens, automakers are looking for the best and most advanced ways to distinguish themselves and even step ahead of the competition.
Spanish automaker SEAT has announced that it will be using the voice recognition tool Amazon Alexa in its vehicles, making it the first European carmaker to use the highly acclaimed tool. This addition adds a lot of possibilities in terms of time maximization while you cruise around.
It means that a driver is able to do more, which includes managing schedules, easier navigation, weather queries, news updates, or even searching a nearby dealer. SEAT also says that it will be extremely easy have Alexa working in compatible cars.
All you need to do is download the Alexa app mobile device and connect it to the head unit via Bluetooth. From there you are able to talk to Alexa via the in-car microphone and speakers.
This service will be available on the Leon and Ateca 2019 models. Car owners will also need to upgrade to a higher version of the navigation system with Wi-fi connectivity.
They will also need to be constantly on a data package of their choice. In a user-experience test conducted by an online review, Alexa was found to be conveniently proactive and helpful.
The app could aptly give guidance to the nearest restaurants while giving easy navigation options. The world is fast moving into solution-based technology and the use of Alexa and similar applications in the auto industry is a welcome addition.
As things stand presently, any manufacturer can only ignore such developments at their own peril.