CES 2016: Ford Partners With Amazon To Connect Your Life To Your Car
This year at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Ford announced that it has partnered with Amazon and the Internet of Things to allow Ford owners unparalleled connectivity to everything in their lives. Not only will the next generation of Ford’s Sync Connect systems allow for wireless connection to your phone, the internet, and other things within your car, but it will also allow you to control either by touch or voice command your garage door, change your home’s thermostat, or play with your home’s lighting. RELATED: CES: NVIDIA Launches First In-Car AI Supercomputer for Autonomous Driving
Additionally, Ford, Amazon, and The Internet of Things will bring about all new phone connectivity to your car. One feature that the companies debuted is that of being able to check your car’s fuel levels directly from your phone, and programming a set time for your car to start up.
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Ford’s CEO Mark Fields spoke with USA Today at CES, and stated that for owners at home wanting to control their car, voice commands would be routed through Amazon’s Echo, which is very similar to Apple’s Siri system. "We are working to see if we can come up with a product that we can commercialize," said Fields. He continued, "The key is finding the right software protocols, so that the integrations with Amazon Echo and Alexa works. We'll aim to bring it to market as soon as possible.”
As we push further into the future, our cars will become more connected to our everyday lives. As such, as Ford debuted this partnership, Harman and Microsoft on the other side of the convention hall debuted its newest system, which will include connecting your car to Microsoft Office so you can work on the go. Prepare to have every facet of your life connected to your car and your phone very soon.
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