Ford cars to get Amazon’s Alexa

Ford and Amazon have joined forces to bring the cloud-based voice service Alexa to new Ford vehicles.

The Alexa integration allows Ford owners to play audiobooks, order items on Amazon, and search and transfer local destinations to the in-car navigation system.

From their home, Ford vehicle owners will be able to remote start, lock or unlock doors, and get vehicle information using voice commands.

Ford will roll out its Alexa integration in two phases. The first, available this month, connects drivers to their car through Alexa devices such as the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap.

The second, expected later in 2017, allows drivers to tap into a broad set of Alexa skills using their voice while driving.

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Ford cars to get Amazon’s Alexa