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Newer GM Vehicles Gain Amazon Alexa Support

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2019 Equinox
2019 Equinox
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Amazon Alexa compatibility is coming soon to newer Cadillac, Chevy, Buick, and GMC vehicles. During the first half of 2020, GM will begin rolling out in-vehicle Amazon Alexa capabilities through an infotainment system update. It’s slated to be one of the largest rollouts for Alexa Auto in the virtual assistant’s history, the automaker stated.

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Alexa’s abilities

“Bringing the Alexa experience to our vehicles is an example of how we are listening to our customers’ feedback, and offering them the voice technology of their choice,“ stated Santiago Chamorro, GM’s vice president of Global Connected Services.

Alexa will allow you to manage your compatible smart home devices, check news reports, get navigation information, and get directions to nearby restaurants and other points of interest. You can also use Alexa to play specific songs, playlists, genres or artists. The virtual assistant will be fully compatible with OnStar Turn-by-Turn navigation and the rest of GM’s embedded systems.

In addition to Alexa capabilities, Google will also be providing in-vehicle voice capabilities starting in 2021.

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Both of these updates reflect the automaker’s commitment to vehicle connectivity, tech-savvy consumers, and a premium ownership experience. It’s also indicative of Amazon’s growing push into the automotive industry. Amazon Alexa capabilities will soon join the Key by Amazon In-Car delivery service as one of the many high-tech conveniences you’ll find on a GM vehicle.

“GM’s updateable app framework and vehicle connectivity lets us provide customers with new technologies that enhance the ownership experience, even to customers with vehicles that are already on the road,” Chamorro explained.

For your vehicle to receive the update, it must be from the 2018 model year or newer.  That means you won’t have to get a brand-new ride to enjoy the Alexa experience in your vehicle.

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Source: TechCrunch