Ford Motor Company recently announced it is integrating its SYNC 3 AppLink in-vehicle technology along with Amazon’s Alexa. Alexa is Amazon’s “virtual assistant” tied to its Echo devices. Echo is one of the top smart home devices being sold on the market currently. Users, at home, can ask Alexa a wide range of questions, conduct shopping online, have audio books read to them, and much more.
These similar types of features and options will be slowly rolled out to Ford vehicles with an update to the SYNC 3 application. Existing Ford owners with this in-vehicle technology will have access to Alexa once it is released. In addition, access to Alexa will be available on new Ford cars for sale in Indianapolis and throughout the country.
Alexa Integration Time Frame
According to Ford, it intends to integrate Alexa into its vehicles in several phases. The first phase is anticipated to be as soon as next month. During the first phase, people who already own an Echo device will be able to connect their at-home device with their Ford vehicle and obtain information about the vehicle by asking Alexa a series of questions, such as:
- “Alexa, ask MyFord Mobile my vehicle range.” If you want to know how much fuel you have, the amount of electric charge, and total estimated traveling distance, then this command will provide these details.
- “Alexa, ask MyFord Mobile to start/stop my vehicle.” This command is great for people who live in colder climates and want to warm their vehicle up before getting into their cars.
- “Alexa, ask MyFord Mobile to lock/unlock my vehicle.” If you forget to lock your car or need it unlocked and have your hands full, Alexa can take care of it for you.
The first phase will provide home-to-vehicle commands. You will need to wait for the second phase for vehicle-to-home commands to be released sometime this summer. Once this phase is rolled out, you will have access to a wide range of features and options right at your fingertips from within your vehicle.
Besides being able to ask Alexa to find the nearest gas station or restaurant, or get directions and have them transferred to the SYNC 3 navigation system, users will be able to have Alexa perform other functions and tasks, including:
- Reading Audio Books
- Shopping Online
- Controlling Smart-home Devices (Lights, Thermostat, Security System, and More)
- Creating Shopping Lists
- Obtaining Weather Reports
- Queueing and Playing Music
Alexa is not the only new technology Ford is adding to its vehicles. Ford is also updating the SYNC 3 app to allow people to turn their vehicles into wireless hotspots. The AT&T’s 4G LTE network’s Wi-Fi hotspots will support up to ten connected devices at the same time, which is great for those long trips with friends and family. To learn more about Alexa and Ford’s SYNC 3 technology, please feel free to stop by Bloomington Ford today or call 812-331-2200!