Digital home assistants have entered the market the past few years and are becoming increasingly popular. These voice-based devices help people with a variety of tasks in areas such as smart homes, cooking, todo-lists, games and more. There are offerings from Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft on the market and also 3rd party devices that incorporate the services. The digital assistants are already available for use both at home and in some cars. We see a great potential in using a voice interface for interacting with connected car services and think that this will be one of the main touchpoints for drivers in the future.
Digital assistant & your car
For car owners the digital home assistant can potentially help out with a lot of things related to the connected car. It can be relatively simple things such as requesting to precondition the car or getting the current status or position of the car. Other things like integrating with smart home features are definitely possible and you could for example control your home lighting or security system based on the location of your car or define the charge schedule dynamically based on total home energy usage. Querying your driving behavior and getting coaching on how to improve is another feasible use case. In addition to using the assistant from your home or office, some OEMs have introduced direct access to the assistant from within the car which broadens the set of use cases even more.
WirelessCar Alexa skill
The first WirelessCar Alexa skill was just recently released to the Alexa skills store. It is built on the WirelessCar Platform using AWS services such as Lambda and Elasticache. The Alexa voice service integrates with WirelessCar using AWS Lambda. The linked account and vehicle preferences are managed by the WirelessCar Platform, as is the connectivity to the connected vehicles.
To all users the WirelessCar Alexa skill offers interesting facts about the connected car industry and WirelessCar. To users with an account in the WirelessCar demo system, and a compatible car, it also offers possibilities to query information about the status of their car or the last trip in the car. Additionally, it is possible perform certain commands such as heat the car or flash the lights. Going forward OEMs on the WirelessCar Platform that build on the WirelessCar Alexa skill will be able to add more advanced features such as driver coaching and smart home integration.
Thanks to the unique WirelessCar Platform the Alexa skill could be used with cars from all OEM brands connected to the platform.