Ford adds Alexa voice assistant to new cars

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New Delhi, May 15 (ANI): Michigan-based company Ford's newest cars including the upcoming electric 'F-150 Lightning' pickup and first electric 'Mustang Mach-E' will feature Amazon's Alexa digital assistant. According to Mashable, Ford on Thursday announced that Amazon's Alexa digital assistant would be built into future Ford cars. It will be available in all cars, not just those with premium packages. The first three years of the voice system will be free. By the end of this year, the company expects to have Alexa available in at least 700,000 cars in the US and Canada. Eventually millions of Ford vehicles will come with it as a standard feature. With Alexa baked into Ford infotainment screens, users will be able to access Amazon and Alexa features the same way they do at home with products like the Echo Dot. One will not have to push a button to activate Alexa. Instead, a user can just say the wake word, 'Alexa,' and then ask for assistance. As reported by Mashable, one can use it for help with tasks inside and outside the car. A user can deploy Alexa to play music for a ride or look up the nearest charging station. Through the voice assistant, one can take help to something to shopping list or turn on the (smart) lights in the garage back at home. Ford's hands-free driving assistance system will be one of the future updates later this year for those with subscriptions. Another new feature that will be downloaded into cars is 'Sketch', which turns the centre touchscreen into a notepad for quick drawings, notes, games, and calculations.

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