Amazon Partners with Ford to Let You Voice-control Your Car from Home
Ford has partnered up with Amazon to get in on the tech giant’s smart voice assistant, the Amazon Echo, with support for its very own third-generation SYNC Connect system.
The Amazon Echo is becoming one of the best parts of the connected home with its growing integration with other Internet of Things devices including WeMo, Hue and Wink. By partnering with Amazon, the automaker will become a more integral part of the IOT without having to develop its own platform.
With Ford’s Sync Connect and an Amazon Echo, users will be able to voice-control their car from their home, and vice versa. For example, they can ask Alexa to start their car and evaluate the range of their vehicle from inside their home. When on the road, they can ask Alexa to open their garage doors when they’re a few blocks from home.
At Ford’s CES keynote, CEO Mark Fields talked about the company’s focus on mobility and connectivity, as well as an aggressive push into driverless cars. He said the company would triple its roster of self-driving cars to 30 vehicles, along with making moves into other “transportation services” such as growing car-sharing and subscription services.
“Beginning this year, you will see us change dramatically, with a focus on the transportation services sector,” Fields said. “Revenue from transportation services equal $5.4 trillion (£3.7 trillion) and yet, today we receive none of our revenue from transportation services. That’s about to change.”
The Amazon Echo support will be available later this year.