Toyota will add Amazon Alexa to select cars in 2018

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Playing both sides, Panasonic also showed how it is bringing Google Assistant technology to cars as well.

The feature is arriving on the company's Hopper, Joey and Wally devices at some unspecified time in the first half of this year. So, the consumers are either forced to figure out things themselves or scour the web for blog posts or reddit posts offering some information about the new service. Unfortunately, for those who may be interested in picking up a new audiophile-grade tabletop smart speaker, the wait for these is going to be a bit long.

Toyota says it will begin integrating Amazon's Alexa voice assistant into some of its vehicles this year, so drivers can tell their cars to play music or set a comfortable temperature at home before arriving. The smart display also includes Google Cast support for multiroom audio, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and IPX4 splash proof protection so you can take the display to the pool. Also unlike the Home, Smart Displays are made by Google's hardware partners, rather than in-house - Lenovo, JBL, LG, and Sony are all involved. It's unclear as of now exactly how much the JBL Link will cost, though the Amazon Echo Show currently retails for $230 on Amazon, while the Google Home goes for $129 at Walmart. This means that, at least for some products, you won't have to choose sides, and can control devices using whichever voice assistant you're in the mood for.


With CES coming fast, more and more juicy tech morsels are eeking their way out into the news. Amazon has confirmed the new gadgets and placed special emphasis on how this will be the first smart glasses with Alexa.

If a picture paints a thousand words, adding a screen to your smart speaker should give your voice assistant of choice a chance to rest its vocal chords. Adding Google Assistant will make Dish's TV service one one of the friendliest for voice control. For more updates, stay tuned with us!

The addition of Alexa to different makes of Windows 10-based computers is particularly interesting in that Amazon and Microsoft were already working together to allow Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana assistant technology work together, with a specific focus on Windows 10 device. And today brings word that Google plans to bring their Google Assistant A.I. into a new tier of smart displays later this year.

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