Not only are all the major automotive manufacturers deeply involved, but so are such players as Amazon and Google. In fact, in a recent PYMNTS interview, Dan Gittleman, CEO at automotive software supplier Xevo, and Brian Woods, the company’s CMO, spoke with Karen Webster about what’s to come as this ecosystem develops.
“When consumers get into the car, there is only one experience,” Gittleman said, referring to how software and platforms will work in the ideal connected vehicle experience — a seamless process that combines such functions as payments, commerce and navigation.
That’s not all that’s happening.
European car manufacturer Skoda will be adding a virtual assistant to its vehicles, which will be accessible through vocal commands, according to a report by CNBC.
The Czech carmaker said the assistant will be activated by saying, “Okay, Laura.”
The proposed system will support a total of six languages and will do things like navigate routes and control the radio. The first iterations of the assistant will be available in the Kamiq city SUV and the smaller Scala. Skoda, which was launched in 1991 as an offshoot of the Volkswagen group, delivered about 1.25 million cars around the world last year.
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