LAS VEGAS — INRIX is jumping on the Alexa bandwagon.
The Kirkland-based transportation analytics company today announced that it will begin integrating Amazon’s Alexa voice activated assistant into its OpenCar platform in the second half of 2017.
That means drivers who have OpenCar enabled in their vehicles will be able to control a host of services with their voices, including Amazon Music and Audible audiobooks. They also will be able to use Alexa to receive traffic alerts and weather conditions.
In addition, INRIX announced it is working on its own Alexa-based application, one which will allow car owners to communicate with their vehicles remotely, thus “creating a seamless experience between the home and the car.”
“The ubiquity of mobile and cloud technology in our lives makes the integration with Amazon Alexa a key solution for people looking to maintain personalized and seamless connectivity throughout their daily lives,” said Joe Berry, vice president of OpenCar at INRIX, in a press release. “Innovative technology, like Amazon Alexa, enables OpenCar to meet the needs of automakers and deliver a next-gen experience for connected cars.”
More than 2,250 developers are part of the OpenCar ecosystem, representing hundreds of companies.
Alexa is everywhere at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, with Shawn DuBravac, the chief economist for the Consumer Technology Association, noting today that more than 700 Alexa applications could launch at this year’s show.