Smart home connectivity represents a new frontier, made possible through services such as Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant.
Additionally, Ford announced that Samsung Gear S2 and S3 smartwatch owners will now be able to integrate their device to a Ford sync-equipped vehicle for parking reminders and other alerts.
Amazon isn't officially attending the annual tradeshow, but its Alexa voice assistant is showing up in multiple vehicle infotainment systems, robots, new smartphones, laundry machines and many other new gadgets. Alexa will also be able to interact with other ADT Pulse-compatible devices like thermostats, outdoor cameras, light dimmers, and smart locks. The automaker began exploring the possibility of incorporating Amazon's Echo a year ago. Ford will roll out its Alexa integration in two phases.
Owners of Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo will be able to turn the auto on, lock or unlock doors, check fuel levels, and control IoT-enabled devices, such as home lights or a garage door.
Motorists can use Alexa to find a destination - like a nearby restaurant - and the address is then sent to the SYNC 3 navigation system. And unlike using Alexa in the home, drivers will need to push a voice command button in the auto.
Smart home connectivity from inside one's vehicle is now made possible with the help of Amazon's Alexa and Ford. The integration will work with the Ford Focus Electric, Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi. The ability to talk to your auto from the comfort of your home will be available later this month, and the Sync 3's ability to communicate with Alexa will come later this summer.
Little do people know, you can actually change the hotword and launch Alexa using something else.
Smart technology is the new buzzword in the world.