Car Makers Grab Intelligent Assistants

Car Makers Grab Intelligent Assistants
BMW, Nissan, Hyundai, and Ford have all made deals to feature intelligent assistants in their vehicles.

(CCM) — Global car makers are clamoring to sign up intelligent assistants for their vehicles, with four manufacturers announcing deals with technology companies at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the BBC reports. Microsoft has sealed two deals, agreeing to supply its Cortana intelligent assistant to selected vehicles made by BMW and Nissan. Ford, meanwhile, has reached a deal with Amazon to equip some of its cars with Alexa, while Hyundai has announced that it will make its cars partially voice controlled using Google Assistant, according to the report. Apple's Siri is notably absent from these new announcements, but it is already available in cars, including some made by BMW, Nissan, Hyundai, and Ford through the company's CarPlay software. Toyota also announced a concept car at CES that features its own intelligent assistant called Yui.

According to the BBC, Ford plans to enable drivers to tell Alexa to close net-connected garage doors, play music, or read an audiobook from where they left off. Hyundai intends to let drivers use Google Assistant to start their cars, adjust air conditioning, lock doors, or send destination details to the vehicle using voice commands, while BMW says drivers will be able to use Cortana to make restaurant reservations.

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