Toyota will retrofit 2018 Camry, Sienna with Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa compatibility

30 Apr
2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid2018 Toyota Camry and Sienna owners can take their cars to dealers to have Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility retrofitted, the automaker said last week. Toyota, once staunchly opposed to third-party infotainment solutions, climbed aboard the Apple CarPlay bandwagon first with its 2019 Avalon has begun to expand the smartphone mirroring...

Amazon makes investment in Aurora Innovation self-driving car company

13 Feb
Aurora Innovation self-driving car prototypeOnline shopping and technology giant Amazon last week confirmed that it has invested in a self-driving car technology startup called Aurora Innovation. Aurora listed Amazon as one of several investors in its latest round of fundraising. Aurora's financial documents show it secured $530 million, but it's unclear how much of that came from Amazon...

Amazon rolls out Echo Auto for Alexa voice-activated capability in almost any car

24 Sep
Amazon Echo Auto Amazon announced Thursday the launch of Echo Auto, an in-car device that brings the familiar Alexa system to your car. Though many new vehicles now offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, Amazon has been late to the game. The Seattle-based tech giant is attempting to catch up by bringing its familiar in-home software to the many drivers...

2019 Toyota Camry, Sienna add Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa

13 Aug
2018 Toyota Camry XLE HybridThe Venn diagram overlap between Toyota shoppers, Apple iOS users, and Amazon Prime members now includes the 2019 Toyota Camry mid-size sedan and 2019 Toyota Sienna minivan. According to Cars Direct, the 2019 Camry and 2019 Sienna will come with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility when they go on sale this fall. MORE: Developer derby...

Developer derby: Amazon enters automotive arena with Alexa Auto voice-activated software

10 Aug
Amazon Alexa familyForgot to turn your smart thermostat down at home before leaving? No problem, Amazon said Thursday. Just ask your car to do it. The e-commerce giant released an Alexa Auto Software Development Kit for new vehicles as a way to incorporate key functions of the voice-activated software into vehicle infotainment systems. MORE: AAA study finds...

Special delivery: Amazon can now access your car’s trunk

24 Apr
Amazon In-Car Delivery OptionAmazon is now everywhere you want to be—or at least in your trunk if you own the right car. The online shopping giant announced Tuesday that its delivery people will now be able to open shoppers' car trunks remotely. There are some catches, however. MORE: Amazon wants to sell you a car First, Amazon can’t deliver to just any car. The...

Toyota to add Amazon Alexa integration to certain 2018, 2019 models

10 Jan
2018 Toyota CamryDrivers of some new Toyota vehicles will soon be able to have conversations with their cars, or at least ask them politely to do certain things. The automaker announced Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it is rolling out Amazon Alexa capability in certain 2018 and 2019 vehicles. Alexa capability allows Prime subscribers to...

Industry vet Bob Lutz: Driving will be over in 20 years

7 Nov
Renault Symbioz self-driving car conceptThe fate of the automobile is already sealed, as is your legal right to drive one — both of which will be confined to history books and country clubs in two decades time. The culprit of such a transformative shift in society: self-driving cars. That’s the official prognostication of highly-successful automotive industry executive Bob...

Your Amazon Prime subscription now includes Volkswagen Atlas test drives (sort of)

15 Sep
2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Boerne, TexasVolkswagen and Amazon are partnering to provide test drives of VW’s new Atlas crossover. The offer is open to Amazon Prime subscribers living in Los Angeles and Chicago, but only between September 22nd through 24th and the 29th through October 1st. The collaboration is intended to show off Amazon’s Prime Now option. The online...