The Ford Motor Company announced a two-phased approach to integrating Amazon Alexa into its 2017 line of vehicles at CES. The first phase makes it easy for electric Ford vehicle owners to connect to their cars from the comfort of their homes through the MyFord Mobile skill, which launched in late January 2017.
Customers with a Ford plug-in vehicle, such as the C-Max Energi, Fusion Energi, or Focus Electric, can enable the MyFord Mobile skill to issue a range of remote commands and obtain vehicle information. Available capabilities include:
- Start and stop the vehicle
- Lock and unlock the vehicle
- Check the vehicle’s range, including both electric and gas range, if applicable
- Check current odometer reading
- Confirm tire pressure is in the correct range
- Check state of battery charge
To use the MyFord Mobile skill, Ford vehicle owners need to:
- Enable the MyFord Mobile skill through the Amazon Alexa companion app or simply by asking Alexa.
- Login to their MyFord Mobile account within the Amazon Alexa companion app.
- Set a PIN to help protect access to certain features when using the skill. To gain access, simply say the PIN to Alexa on your device.
- To get help at any time, just say, “Alexa, ask MyFord Mobile for help.”
Building for the Car
Ford also announced at CES that car owners with SYNC 3 technology would soon be able to access Alexa via an in-car integration with the Alexa Voice Service. Alexa in the car is a big initiative for several automotive companies, creating huge opportunities for developers to build custom skills and features that enhance the driving experience.
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