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Ford adds Alexa integration to Sync3

Ford adds Alexa integration to Sync3

Dish customers can watch voice-controlled TV by pairing the Hopper DVR with the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, both Alexa devices. Using Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system loaded with Amazon Alexa integration, occupants can do things like play and push playback of music and audiobooks.

The system, which is made possible through Ford SYNC 3 AppLink, enables users to access their auto from inside their home and call up other features while driving. This is what we envisioned for the future - your auto letting your home know that you're on the way so your home can be "prepped" for a warm arrival...lights on, heating on, beer chilled and waiting...you get the idea. Once the first phase of the update rolls out, users will be able to speak to Alexa at home from the Amazon Echo line of speakers, giving it commands such as turning the auto engine on or off, lock and unlock the doors, and check fuel levels.

Owners of these vehicles will also be able to check the range of their vehicle using Alexa voice commands.

Don Butler, executive director at Ford's Connected Vehicles and Services division, explains: "Ford and Amazon are aligned around a vision that your voice should be the primary way to interface with your favourite devices and services". Then, in the summer, the second stage will let them use Alexa while out on the road.

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Although Alexa lives in the Amazon Echo, its speaker and smart home hub, it has also opened up to other devices - which is why a large number of consumer electronics companies at CES have also integrated it into their products.

There's no word yet on release date or price for the LG Smart Instaview Refrigerator, but it will be on the show floor at CES where we'll catch up with it to bring you more.

Megan Neitzel told News 8 Wednesday she wants to spread the word to other Echo owners that they should read the owner's manual and set up the parental controls.

Alexa integration will roll out in two phases with the first phase launching later this month.


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