For many Americans, the day doesn’t begin without a cup of coffee to go for the morning commute, and a new alliance between Ford, Amazon and Starbucks should make it a little faster and easier to order and pay for that cop of java.
At its annual shareholders meeting in Seattle on Wednesday, Amazon officials confirmed Ford vehicles equipped with the maker’s latest Sync3 infotainment system will be able to order and pay for their coffee by connecting to the Amazon Alexa voice assistant. It’s just the first step in what could come, over the next few years, as automakers expand the capabilities of their increasingly connected cars.
“It only takes a little imagination to think about where conversation ordering will show up next,” said Gerri Martin-Flickinger, Starbucks chief technology officer, as she showed off the new technology. (more…)