Amazon has recently launched Alexa Auto SDK, a toolkit that will allow developers to amalgamate Alexa with the car’s infotainment systems. With this, Amazon’s voice assistant feature will be brought from stationery to mobile units. Alexa Auto SDK The new toolkit for cars from Amazon is available on GitHub. All of Alexa’s core functions are…
Amazon has recently launched Alexa Auto SDK, a toolkit that will allow developers to amalgamate Alexa with the car’s infotainment systems. With this, Amazon’s voice assistant feature will be brought from stationery to mobile units.
The new toolkit for cars from Amazon is available on GitHub. All of Alexa’s core functions are included in the Alexa Auto. Therefore, streaming media, weather reports, smart home function, and other third-party apps supported by Alexa, all feature in the Auto SDK. Apart from these, search and navigation will be added for the auto users.
To begin with, the driver will have a choice of streaming music from either Amazon Music, Audible, or iHeartRadio. The customer will be able to make calls by either calling out the name of the contact or the phone number. This feature will be an add-on to the calling service in-built in the car.
The in-built navigation system will get a boost too because Alexa Auto SDK will be able to tap into it to help the driver when he voices his destination, some point of interest, or cancels the navigation request. The search feature will be able to allow the customer to ask Alexa for nearby businesses, hotels, stores, movie theatres, etc. and navigate to their location.
The function libraries and source code of the SDK will be in Java and C++. this will allow the cars to process the audio commands and triggers, connect with Alexa, and handle interactions with the AI. Over and above from this, Amazon is also offering different types of sample apps, documentation, and build scripts that will support Android and QNX OS on x86 and ARM processor architectures.
The Alexa Auto SDK is not the first-of-its-kind toolkit for cars from Amazon. The company has previously been involved in integrating Alexa into select car models infotainment systems of Toyota, Lexus, SEAT, BMW, and Ford. Older model cars too have Alexa voice assistant through different types of add-on devices like ones from Logitech, Garmin, Muse (Speak Music), and Anker.
With SDK, Amazon is inviting third-party developers building for automobiles who have no previous connection to Amazon to come and integrate Alexa into their infotainment systems.
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