Some Ford owners will soon be able to turn up the heat at home from their cars using Amazon’s Alexa voice service or start their vehicles from their desks using the same system, according to a report by Fortune.com.
It says that by the end of the year three models, the Focus Electric, Fusion Energi, and C-Max Energi, will be able to communicate with smart home devices using Alexa by pressing a voice recognition button on the steering wheel.
It adds that consumers can also send instructions to their Ford vehicles from home by using Amazon’s Echo smart home device and Alexa, an “intelligent assistant,” similar to Apple’s Siri, that enables users to access Internet services and interact with devices using voice commands. Vehicle owners also will be able to send simple commands via Alexa to smart home appliances and systems.
Fortune says that this follows the announcement of the Ford-Amazon partnership which the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.