Skoda is the latest automaker to integrate the Alexa virtual personal assistant into its range of new vehicles.
Compatible with all devices equipped with Alexa Voice Services, the technology works together with Skoda Connect, which is made up of three major services called Infotainment Online, Care Connect and Emergency Call.
Amazon’s Alexa can give owners information related to the condition of their cars and has access to 12 different parameters. To activate the function, Skoda owners will have to update their Alexa device with a new ‘Alexa Skill’, called ‘Skoda Connect’.
Available on the Fabia, Rapid, Octavia, Superb, Karoq and Kodiaq, it allows the smartphone or tablet to communicate with the car. Once installed, and linked to the owner’s Skoda Connect account, it’s ready to be put to the test.
In order to put it to work, owners will have to ask the personal assistant different questions, such as “Alexa, ask Skoda how far I can drive with the current fuel level”. In response, the system checks the remaining fuel in the tank, calculates the range based on the average fuel consumption and gives the answer immediately.
Other data is available on request, too, such as the average speed of their last journey, if the lights are on or, more importantly, where the vehicle was parked.