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Alexa to be integrated in 2018 BMW cars

Alexa will be integrated into BMW and MINI's vehicles in 2018.

Amazon's voice assistant will be able to be used in all new BMW vehicles in the US, UK and Germany from next year.

The owners of the vehicles will soon be able to ask Alexa for directions whilst in the car, call a business, play music in the car, check the news as well as control your home from the car.

Ned Curic, Vice President of Alexa Automotive, said: "We are excited to work with BMW to bring the Alexa experience to their drivers. Voice is a big part of the future, especially in cars. Using your voice to enjoy content and interact with your car makes a great driving experience even better. We can't wait for BMW customers to try this out."

Whilst Dieter May, Senior Vice President Digital Services and Business Models at the BMW Group, added: "By making this step and integrating Alexa into our models from 2018, BMW and MINI will form a more intrinsic part of our customers' digital lifestyles. Voice control first featured in BMW Group cars many years ago, and we are now enhancing its functionality by adding a digital ecosystem, which will open up all sorts of new possibilities that customers can access quickly, easily and safely from their car."

From the comfort of your seat, you can ask Alexa to turn on the porch lights or change the temperature of your home or even order your favourite drink from Starbucks so you can avoid the queues and pick it up on your way to work.

Alexa from BMW and MINI builds on the BMW Connected that was introduced in 2016, which allows customers to control their vehicle such as locking doors from any Alexa-enabled device.

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