After taking over the living room, Amazon has their sights set on the garage and they’re getting an assist as Jaguar Land Rover has announced Alexa is coming to models both old and new.
According to the automaker, the virtual assistant will be added to models equipped with the Pivi Pro infotainment system via an over-the-air update. As a result, it’s coming to more than 200,000 existing vehicles. Alexa can also be found on new models such as the recently redesigned Range Rover.
Jaguar Land Rover said they worked closely with Amazon to “ensure the seamless integration of Alexa with Pivi Pro.” They added, “This collaborative approach to development ensures that customers will enjoy the same Alexa experience in their vehicles that they already know and love from home, and benefit from even greater functionality in the future.”
Thanks to this partnership, owners will be able to use their voice to make phone calls, change radio stations, and set destinations for the navigation system. This can be done through commands such as ‘Alexa, navigate me to home’, ‘Alexa, play my chill-out playlist’ and ‘Alexa, show me nearby coffee shops.’ Furthermore, customers can use Alexa to check the news, get weather forecasts, and control smarthome devices such as lights and garage doors.
Owners in the United States and the United Kingdom will also be able to use the Jaguar and Land Rover Remote Skill. This means they can use an Alexa-enabled device, such as a smartphone or Echo Dot, to check their vehicle’s range, see if the doors are locked, or remotely turn on the climate control system.