In addition to being more connected, ŠKODA cars are also getting smarter. It is now possible to communicate with ŠKODA cars remotely via voice control. Inside the car ŠKODA is improving the driving experience with advanced voice integration that aids in better hands-free control of the car.
In 2018, ŠKODA integrated the Alexa voice assistant (yes, that’s Alexa from Amazon). With the ŠKODA Connect Alexa Skill, customers can communicate with their car via an Amazon Echo speaker in their home or via smartphone and the Alexa app.
“With Alexa, we reacted really quickly. We respond to customers’ needs as quickly as possible,” explains Sebastian Lasek. The initial phase in Germany and the UK was pronounced a success and Alexa has now been rolled out in the UK, France, and Germany. It is also available for drivers in many other countries, but they will have to communicate with Alexa in English, German or French. She tells them how much fuel they have left, whether the windows and doors are closed, whether the vehicle is locked, where it is parked, and other useful information such as the average speed, consumption or daily distance travelled. The ŠKODA Connect Alexa Skill can also offer information about the next inspection date or where to find the nearest ŠKODA dealership.