The next frontier for Automobiles has been all but created for consumers. We have seen everything from vehicle prototypes to the latest with car technology with smart cars. A car that can drive itself and learn the user has not been created. Tesla motors has lead the field with its car programming that can stop, start, sense, and drive straight. This takes care of the driving portion, but we do not yet have user-less cars or “Smart Cars”. Apple has created CarPlay which integrates iOS into a car’s infotainment system. Google has created Android Auto, but Amazon is the latest to bring its service to the table.
Amazon recently released one of its latest and greatest products the Amazon Echo Dot which is a voice-controlled device that will do everything in its power in response to literally whatever you say to it. It is controlled and responsive through its voice, Alexa. Alexa is an Artificial Intelligence “being” that is being updated every second and learning new things. In essence, “she” learns from users’ requests and her capabilities are endless.
Amazon is hoping to be a pioneer in the age of the smart car by Adapting Alexa to the road. Ford, VW, Hyundai, and Volvo have all announced Alexa integrations. The difference between “Alexa on the Go” and all the competitors is that Alexa has proven its capabilities in the Echo Dot. Alexa will have the capabilities of auto start and many other simple capabilities like locking and unlocking, but she will also have majorly unseen capabilities like informing you of certain necessity levels in your car like oil, charge level, if your car is unlocked, as well several other things. Alexa is not just restricted to the vehicle. As we know through the Echo Dot she has many capabilities and can be taken all over the house. Now she will be with you on the road and much more.
I believe that using artificial intelligence in vehicles is the next most accessible with vehicles. Many car drivers still rely on technology like their smart phones to get directions and play music as well as many menial tasks like texting. These things can result in accidents as well as unwanted trouble like getting pulled over as it is dangerous. Not only do I see Alexa on the Go as extremely useful for many car related tasks like locking and auto starting, but for a few safety hazards. Alexa would be able to control your music, read and respond to messages, and give directions with extreme accuracy and intelligence.
On the downside, I am opposed to making giant leaps like this with technology as I believe society is becoming too reliant on smart services delivered by technology, at some point, convenience becomes an excuse for laziness. Another opposition I have with Alexa-on-the-Go is that it could potentially lead to more distraction on the road. If a person becomes too distracted with the ability to multitask, this could potentially become a dangerous situation.