Amazon Alexa & Digital Radio Dominate the Car Space in 2018!

Amazon Alexa Echo technology partners with Ford, BMW, Hyundai, Volkswagon and other car manufacturers to provide virtual assistance, voice command on-demand radio, and new safety features for your car space.

With the emergence of voice command on-demand radio digital is now surpassing terrestrial as the dominating radio platform for your driving experience.

“Alexa, Play Red State Talk Radio” is a phrase that for the first time automatically brings America’s #1 digital political talk radio station into the car space to compete on an even playing field with traditional terrestrial talk radio. This is a game changer for talk radio and will likely improve radio as a whole with more competitive markets.

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant will be your cockpit companion in future BMWs: The automaker will offer Alexa in select cars starting in 2018, Amazon announced today at a special event revealing a host of product news at its Seattle HQ.

The vehicle integration will begin in the middle of next year, the companies revealed, and will provide access to Alexa skills and voice-based capabilities right from the infotainment system. This isn’t the first time Alexa has shown up in vehicles, as Ford demonstrated a test version of its Sync platform with Alexa functionality baked in at CES last January.

BMW also previously teamed up with Amazon to release Alexa skills for the BMW Connected app, that let vehicle owners do things like check how much fuel there is in their cars from their Echo devices at home.

The new partnership with BMW means that its vehicles will also include far-field microphones throughout the vehicle, which will make voice interaction easy, and it’ll display visual output using the car’s in-vehicle display information and navigation display.