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Order Up! Ford, Amazon and Starbucks Team Up, Give Hint of Connected Car’s Future

New service a prelude to array of in-car services to come.

by on Mar.22, 2017

Gerri Martin-Flickinger, Starbucks executive vice president and chief technology officer, announced the new partnership between Ford, Amazon and Starbucks.

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.

Beyond the Headlines!

“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…)

Ford, Amazon Want to Sync You Up with Alexa

Voice assistant one of many new connected-car features for Sync.

by on Jan.05, 2017

Ford will make Alexa available to Sync users in-car, while also letting them control vehicle features from home using Amazon's Echo.

Ford is about to take Amazon’s Alexa for a ride.

She’s the wildly popular voice assistant now showing up in millions of homes equipped with various versions of Amazon’s Echo hardware. But, starting this month, owners of Ford vehicles equipped with the Sync infotainment system will be able to access some of the connected-car features in their vehicles remotely using one of Echo devices.

We're Your Automotive Assistant!

And, over the summer, motorists will be able to access Alexa herself from inside the vehicle to ask about things like traffic, the weather and restaurant tips, or to control some of their home automation technologies. Among other things, that means they could turn the lights on, start the coffeemaker and open the garage from behind the wheel using voice commands.