Amazon personal assistant shows her stuff at Philly Auto Show

Ian Bush
February 07, 2019 - 4:00 am
Jan 14, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Ford reveals the 2019 Edge ST during the North American International Auto Show at Detroit's Cobo Center.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Smart speakers are in more than 100 million homes, but they’re just starting to emerge in cars  and in several models at the Philadelphia Auto Show. 

There she is, in the Ford Edge.

“The same as what you do at home with your Alexa, you can now do with the touch of a button from your car," said Ford’s Rhonda Belluso. 

And in Toyota’s RAV4, “it will even tell you how much fuel you have left," said Toyota’s Michael Thompson.

It works both ways. 

Thompson and Belluso say Amazon’s digital assistant responds to commands from behind the wheel and from inside your house.

“Remotely start or stop your car or unlock your doors," Thompson explained. 

Belluso says you can "warm up your car here on these cold days in the Northeast.”

Amazon isn’t waiting for other carmakers to get on board. 

The company says it’s had more than a million pre-orders for its new Echo Auto interface that puts some new smarts into older rides.