Volkswagen of America and Amazon collaborate on a new way to test drive a car – one that could potentially remove the need for a salesperson during the actual test drive. Called "Test Drive with Alexa," the new offering sounds as it is; customers who will choose this option will get to experience a real-world test drive with Amazon Alexa as their companion.
The Test Drive with Alexa option is available for the Volkswagen ID.4 this fall. After a brief walkaround of the vehicle with a VW Product Specialist, the Alexa-guided test drive will commence, made possible through the Echo Auto device on the crossover EV's dashboard.
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"In our push to bring EVs and electromobility to all, we need to find new and exciting ways to talk to our customers," said Andrew Savvas, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Volkswagen Group of America. "This collaboration with Amazon does just that. Future Volkswagen owners can experience all our ID.4 has to offer with the aid of a voice service they’ve already come to know."
To facilitate the test drive, Alexa is equipped with all the information for any query a customer might ask. It can also answer questions regarding ID.4's features, such as its battery, charging, blind spot monitor, connecting to infotainment, cost, regular maintenance, and many more.
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As an example, a question about the ID.4's massage seats will prompt Alexa to answer: "The seat massage function is available in the front seats of the I.D.4 Pro S and Pro S with Gradient. If you'd like to try it, just ask, 'Alexa, how do I turn on the massage feature.'"
The Test Drive with Alexa is available in select regions for now. Volkswagen and Amazon Ads has created a landing page where customers can sign up for the new service and to configure their ID.4. The test drives are said to last approximately 30 minutes.