Car News

Amazon Alexa Coming to Ford Cars

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2017 Ford Focus ST Hatchback
Used 2017 Ford Focus
$19,795
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2017 Ford Transit 350 XLT
Used 2017 Ford Transit 350
$22,961
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2017 Ford Explorer XLT
Used 2017 Ford Explorer
$26,400
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2017 Ford Expedition EL 2WD
Used 2017 Ford Expedition EL
$24,900
RELATED READING
See all Ford any articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs AMC cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Bugatti cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Daewoo cars, trucks and SUVs Datsun cars, trucks and SUVs DeLorean cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Eagle cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Fisker cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs Genesis cars, trucks and SUVs Geo cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs HUMMER cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs INFINITI cars, trucks and SUVs Isuzu cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Maybach cars, trucks and SUVs Mazda cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Mercury cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Oldsmobile cars, trucks and SUVs Plymouth cars, trucks and SUVs Pontiac cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Rolls-Royce cars, trucks and SUVs Saab cars, trucks and SUVs Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Suzuki cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs Yugo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Lindsay Martell January 2017

In SYNC yet with Ford? If so, you may be getting cozy with Amazon Alexa, the online retailer's cloud-based voice service.

Ford announced the partnership at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, describing how the integration will let Ford users with SYNC 3 access Alexa inside the car. Drivers will surely love its capabilities, which include checking the weather, playing audiobooks, requesting news and adding items to Amazon shopping lists.

Hello? Alexa?

Perhaps the coolest features of Alexa, though, happen outside the car. Its home-to-car features allow electric-vehicle owners to start and stop their engine, lock and unlock doors and monitor vehicle readings, including fuel level and battery range.

From inside the car, drivers can control Alexa-enabled smart home devices and turn on lights remotely, switch on a security system or set a smart thermometer to a certain temperature (perfect for these long, chilly winter nights).

Ford announced it will roll out its Alexa integration in two phases. The first, available later this month, connects you to your car from the comfort of home through Alexa devices such as Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap. The second, expected this summer, allows you to tap into a broad set of Alexa skills using your voice while driving, helping you keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. By using the Ford SYNC 3 AppLink, drivers simply tap the voice-recognition button on the steering wheel and say "Alexa," followed by a question or command.

It's All About the Voice

"We believe voice is the future, and this is particularly true in cars," said Steve Rabuchin, vice president for Amazon Alexa. "The ability to use your voice to control your smart home, access entertainment, manage to-do lists and more makes for an extraordinary driving experience. We can't wait for Ford customers to try this out."

Ford isn't the only car maker using Alexa. Last fall, BMW announced it will offer voice connectivity on new vehicles using Amazon's Alexa home wireless service as part of the vehicle's connected cloud architecture.

From smart cars to smart devices and smart homes, it looks like Amazon Alexa is connecting our future, one voice command at a time.

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2017 Ford Focus ST Hatchback
Used 2017 Ford Focus
$19,795
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2017 Ford Transit 350 XLT
Used 2017 Ford Transit 350
$22,961
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2017 Ford Explorer XLT
Used 2017 Ford Explorer
$26,400
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2017 Ford Expedition EL 2WD
Used 2017 Ford Expedition EL
$24,900
This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Amazon Alexa Coming to Ford Cars - Autotrader