Ford Works With Amazon To Bring Wireless Software Updates To Its Cars
The Internet of Things is getting bigger and bigger. Ford Motor Company, the leading automobile manufacturer, introduced integration with Amazon’s suite of smart home devices about four years ago. The automaker is beefing up its in-vehicle software offerings with built-in Alexa voice assistant and a wireless software update ecosystem. Presently,
Ford is ramping up the efforts by pushing a series of updates. Ford is clearly hoping shareholders and customers see the integration as a sign that the company can be a tech-forward automaker.
All the data is being collected using the system. The new software will also help the users reduce the need for repair trips and free up dealers to focus on more profitable services, like hardware repairs and maintenance.
With the built-in Alexa assistant, users will be able to start and stop engines using voice. Apart from this, they will be able to defrost the windows, lock or unlock the doors, make a call or play music. Customers who have Alexa smart home devices will be able to connect the two systems so that they can, for example, turn on the lights in their home from their driveways. The company aims to build Alexa software into at least 700,000 vehicles across the U.S. and Canada by the end of this year. With this, Ford also aims to proactively collect customer feedback on how the car runs post-sales and how the owners are utilizing the car’s smart features. Ford and Amazon will work together on new features and commercial services for the next six years.
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