Following a successful pilot phase in Germany and the United Kingdom, ŠKODA owners all over the world will soon be able to use the new service in English and German. These will now be followed by a third language – French. To this end, ŠKODA AUTO is resolutely pursuing its plan to make customers’ everyday use and handling of their car easier by using the latest technologies and services.
With the ŠKODA Connect Alexa skill, ŠKODA is offering its customers an even more convenient way to communicate with their own car. This can be done with ease from home using an Amazon Echo speaker or on the go via the Alexa smartphone app.
The voice service market is rapidly growing and, with Alexa, Amazon is one of the first providers and drivers of innovation for this area of technology. For this new way of interacting, ŠKODA AUTO relies on the already popular voice service that can be paired with a car. Alexa is activated by addressing her with a simple question, to which she then responds with information about the ŠKODA owner’s car. Questions Alexa can already answer include the current mileage, the fuel level, whether the doors and windows are closed, whether the car is locked and even where it is parked. In addition, Alexa can communicate the average fuel consumption and average speed, and share the distance recorded in the tripmeter.
Vehicle data can be accessed in all ŠKODA models which are equipped with ŠKODA Connect and have a mobile Internet connection via a SIM card. To use Alexa, customers require an Amazon account, through which the ŠKODA Connect Alexa skill is activated. The vehicle owner then needs to link this skill to their ŠKODA Connect user account.