Amazon’s Echo is a great device for casual use… Ask Alexa the weather, set a timer, or turn your lights on and off. While that’s all well and good, wouldn’t it be cool if you could do things like tell Alexa to start your car? Or check the range and charge status of your electric vehicle? That’s exactly the kind of functionality Ford envisions with its new partnership with Amazon.
Ford on Tuesday said its SYNC technology will play nice with Amazon’s AI, allowing owners to do things like state mileage summary, start and stop their vehicle, and more.
Here’s an example of what Alexa will be capable of once she hooks her claws into Ford’s SYNC:
Owner: “Alexa, ask my Ford for my scheduled car start time.”
Alexa: Here is the list of your current go times. You have a start time set for Monday at 7 a.m., with a cabin temperature set to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Tuesday at 5:45 a.m., with a cabin temperature set to 75 degree Fahrenheit.”
Going even further than that, say you have Wink devices throughout your home. You could ask Alexa questions from the road: ask if your garage door is closed, or to turn your porch lights on.
The smart home has always been capable of some incredible things, but this kind of functionality is what we’ve been waiting for. Ford expects over 43 million SYNC-equipped cars to be on the road by 2020, which means there will be a lot of Alexa chatter happening in the near future.
Unfortunately, it’s unclear when this integration will go live, so you’re still stuck asking Alexa for the weather for now.