Saturday, April 13, 2024

Rivian integrates Amazon Alexa directly into its upcoming R1T and R1S

In 2020, voice-controlled virtual assistants are gaining more and more popularity, even in the automobile market. Alexa, Amazon’s voice service, currently leads the package, and numerous manufacturers such as Ford and Toyota have responded by allowing the integration of this technology into their information and entertainment systems.

Rivion also hasn’t missed the opportunity to integrate these services in its first electric pickup, the Rivion R1T, and the SUV, the Rivion R1S. However, far from replicating what other manufacturers are doing, the company has announced in a press release this week that they will reach a level of integration deeper than most of their rivals, which points directly to Tesla.

Rivian said that Alexa will be “programmed directly into the vehicle’s connected car system,” allowing users to access basic car functions such as power windows or remote trunk opening, among others, all through commands Voice to Alexa. The cameras integrated into the vehicle can even be accessed remotely using “screen-based devices such as Echo Show and Fire TV.”

Rivian also promised new unique “car-to-house” and “house-to-car” skills, and access to some Alexa functions in the car even when the vehicle is offline. In addition, the arrival of this technology to the company’s models should not come as a surprise, as Amazon led a round of 700 million dollars to Rivian last year, before announcing an order for 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Rivian last September.