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Nissan to Integrate with Amazon Alexa

October 6, 2017 0 Comments

Nissan this week announced it plans to connect select vehicle models with Amazon’s voice-controlled Alexa, allowing users to remotely lock and unlock doors, honk the horn, flash the lights, and start and stop the engine.


The Japanese automaker isn’t the first to pair up with Alexa; just last week, BMW announced plans to connect vehicles to the voice-controlled unit in some 2018 models.

On Wednesday, Nissan announced a new, free-of-charge skill on the Amazon Skill Store for Alexa, connecting it to the aforementioned car functions. (Skills are like apps, essentially, but specific to Alexa.) After downloading the skill, all owners have to do is say “Alexa, ask NissanConnect Services to…” and follow with a command.

The following models are eligible for this new feature (vehicles must have NissanConnect Service’s telematics systems, which requires a subscription):

  • Altima (2016-2017.5)
  • Armada (2018)
  • GT-R (2017)
  • Maxima (2016-2017)
  • Murano (2016-2017.5)
  • Pathfinder (2017-2018)
  • Rogue (2016-2017)
  • Rogue Sport (2017)
  • Sentra (2016-2017)
  • Titan (2017)
  • Titan XD (2016-2017)

Upon its debut, the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf will also be eligible for this feature. Current Leaf owners (model years 2011-2017) can get the NissanConnect EV and Services skill, which lets owners check the charging status of their vehicle and precondition its interior.

Nissan’s integration is limited when compared to BMW’s plans, which will fully integrate Alexa into its vehicles next year – including features like asking for news or driving instructions, which will appear on a dashboard screen when prompted.

It’s a step forward for Amazon, which missed out on the smartphone boom, as it looks to become a major player in both the home (with the Echo smart speaker) and the automotive industry (with Alexa).

However, the internet company is still competing with Google and Apple, both of which already have functioning in-car operating systems: Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s Carplay.

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