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Ford update brings Amazon Alexa to Europe

Ford customers in Europe can now benefit from the voice assistant Amazon Alexa in their vehicle, with a new software update.

More and more of today’s car infotainment systems are incorporating voice assistants (Siri, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, etc.), which allow you to perform many actions by interacting naturally with your car. , using voice commands.

Ford’s European customers can now benefit, directly in their car, from theassistant vocal Amazon Alexawhich allows them to ask questions or issue voice commands, without the need for a smartphone connected to the car.

Amazon Alexa: many functions accessible by voice

Alexa, for example, allows users to benefit from real-time information, find a route, adjust the cabin temperature, ask Alexa to tell them a joke, or even manage smart home automation features remotely, such as adjusting the temperature or lighting in their home.

This feature is now available through a Ford Power-Up software updatefor vehicles equipped with SYNC 4 and SYNC 4A communication and entertainment systems, such as the latest Ford Mustang Mach-E and Ford Focus.

“We are excited to bring Alexa to Ford customers in Europe, furthering our mission to deliver personalized, proactive and intuitive digital experiences that delight drivers and passengers”said Dean Miles, Director of Product and Business Management, Amazon Smart Vehicles: “Voice AI shines in environments where people are focused on other tasks, which is especially important in vehicles. We look forward to hearing feedback from Ford customers on how Alexa enriches their driving. »

Ford: new on-board features

This Ford Power-Up software update also brings new features, such as the ability to pair two phones simultaneously to a Ford equipped with the SYNC 4 system, and to quickly switch between them, which is ideal for professional or family use. Dual Phone Pairing is available on the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Focus, Transit and E-Transit.

The on-board applications are also enriched with the unlimited audio streaming application Ford Streaming, or even games accessible when stationary or during an electric recharge: sudoku, puzzle and Lane Change, a driving game.

Ford is also offering a 90-day free trial to listen to music, podcasts and audiobooks on Alexa-enabled platforms, like Amazon Music, Audible, Kindle, and other third-party services.

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