Ingolstadt, September 18, 2018 – In systematic pursuit of its digitalization strategy, Audi is offering its customers ever-greater in-car connectivity. The latest example: The new, fully electric Audi e-tron SUV has Amazon Alexa voice service on board. It is seamlessly integrated into the car’s MMI operating system – no smartphone necessary.
Audi is integrating the popular voice service from Amazon into its automobiles. With Alexa on board, customers can access many of the same features and services in the Audi e-tron as they can in their home or through other Alexa-enabled devices. You can check news, weather, sports scores, order groceries, add things to your to-do list, and stream music and audiobooks through services like Amazon Music and Audible. You can also access a wide variety of Alexa skills, and with smart home controls, you can lock the doors, turn off the lights, and close the garage door directly from the vehicle – all you have to do is ask.
Audi has seamlessly integrated Alexa into the MMI system of the Audi e-tron. Drivers don’t need an app on their smartphone to use it, nor do they have to pair their phone with the car. All you have to do is link the car to your Amazon account. You can then activate the voice service via the onboard voice control system by saying the wake word “Alexa”. The LTE mobile data module in the MMI system establishes a connection via an Audi back-end and sends the query to Amazon servers. The requested information is then played back through the car’s audio system.
Audi already demonstrated last year just how important it considers voice control to be for interacting with the car and the tasks associated with that. The natural voice control that debuted in the Audi A8 luxury sedan and has since been systematically rolled out to all model series also features a self-learning dialogue manager.
“The car as an intelligent conversationalist and digital voice services are nothing new to our customers,” explains Dr. Thomas M. Müller. “Integrating Alexa into our infotainment system was therefore the next logical step. We provide our customers with a consistent user experience, whether at home or on the road.”
“Our vision is to bring Alexa to customers wherever they are – at home, at work, and on the go,” says Ned Curic, VP of Alexa Auto. “With Alexa built directly into the vehicle, customers can ask Alexa to play music, locate points of interest, control smart home devices, and access thousands of Alexa skills, and we’re excited to work with a brand like Audi to bring that experience to the all-new Audi e-tron and additional models in its vehicle lineup.”
The Alexa integration is not the first joint project between the two companies. Via the myAudi app, Audi has offered the streaming service Amazon Music as part of the Audi connect service in many of the brand’s models since late 2017.