Alexa enables customers with an Amazon account to intelligently explore and navigate the world no matter which mode of mobility they’re in. Whether by foot, bike, car, train, bus, or plane; Alexa can adapt to the device and environment. This allows for experiences that can be personalized and proactive through such features as location services and event based triggers.
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With location services, your skill can ask a customer's permission to obtain the real-time location of their Alexa-enabled device, specifically at the time of the customer's request to Alexa, so that the skill can provide enhanced services. When a customer enables a skill that requests to use location services, the Alexa app prompts the customer to consent to share their location data with the skill. Customers can visit Alexa Privacy Settings in the Alexa app at any time to manage their skill permissions.
The following illustration shows how the location services feature works to coordinate between Alexa, the user device, and the skill.
For details about how to add location services to your skill, see Use Location Services for Alexa Skills in the developer documentation.The following illustration shows how the location services feature works to coordinate between Alexa, the user device, and the skill.
One way to help you design an on-the-go experience is to use event-based triggers. With event-based triggers, Alexa can be aware of a customer’s approximate location and current activity, such as walking, jogging, running, or driving. These triggers enable Alexa to initiate proactive suggestions based on the customer's activity or whereabouts. You can create experiences, such as a customer getting a proactive suggestion when their order is ready at the grocery store, or starting a run and getting a suggestion for a workout playlist. For more details, sign up for the event-based triggers interest list.