Alexa was originally used in Amazon Echo, a cylindrical speaker for the home. Its basic skills include creating to-do lists, playing Spotify playlists, securing the smart home, and controlling intelligent household appliances, thermostats and light bulbs.
At CES, a number of different car manufacturers announced that they now intend to make the on-board computers in their vehicles accessible to Alexa – especially Ford and VW. Nissan and BMW also presented their integrations of Cortana, which is the intelligent personal assistant from Microsoft.
Daimler AG was one of the first OEMs to integrate Google Assistant, announcing its integration into its Mercedes-Benz models before CES 2017. This enables destination data to be communicated to the car via the intelligent speaker Google Home. In addition, this can be used from home to start the air conditioning in the car in advance or check the petrol level.
In the future, every Mercedes-Benz should be part of an intelligent ecosystem that can also be voice-controlled. In some markets, Mercedes-Benz customers will already be able to communicate with their vehicles using Google Home or Amazon Alexa from this year. Daimler AG places importance on absolute integrity here when it comes to protecting user data. Confidential, personal information collected by the artificial intelligence in the car stays in the car. It will not be stored on other devices or in the Cloud. Only general, non-personal data is uploaded to the Cloud and analysed, e.g. to enable car-to-car communication.