BMW is building an Alexa skill for the Amazon Echo as part of its larger BMW Connected cloud architecture. It will allow owners of connected BMW vehicles to check their vehicle’s remaining range and use commands like “lock doors” through the Echo to control their vehicles.
Other features in BMW Connected include links between the car and the driver’s iPhone, including providing “time to leave” notifications for appointments that take traffic information into consideration to help with on-time arrivals, as well as transferring navigation destinations from the phone to the in-car nav system. BMW also includes integration with the Apple Watch.
BMW says the Alexa feature is expected to launch later this year. Back at CES, Ford said it was considering the addition of Alexa support to its Ford Sync Connect system, adding similar control schemes to the Echo, as well as giving Echo owners the ability to speak to and control Alexa from the car.