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Amazon launches Alexa SDK for Automakers to integrate Alexa into cars and infotainment systems

Amazon has launched Alexa Auto SDK for automakers to integrate Alexa into cars and infotainment systems.

The Alexa Auto SDK simplifies the integration of Alexa into in-vehicle infotainment systems. The SDK adds automotive-specific functionality and contextualizes the experience for the vehicle. It includes source code and function libraries in C++ and Java that enable your vehicle to process audio inputs and triggers, establish a connection with Alexa, and handle all Alexa interactions. It also includes sample applications, build scripts, sequence diagrams and documentation – supporting both Android and QNX operating systems on ARM and x86 processor architectures.

Alexa Auto SDK capabilities

The Alexa Auto SDK includes core Alexa functionality, such as speech recognition and synthesis, and other capabilities such as streaming media, controlling smart home devices, notifications, weather reports, and tens of thousands of custom skills. Additionally, the SDK provides the hooks required to connect to a wake word engine, local media player, local phone, and local navigation system.

Calling

Enable customers to specify a contact name or phone number and Alexa will instruct the native calling service in the vehicle to place the call.

Media streaming

Enable customers to stream audio from popular media services, such as Amazon Music, Audible, and iHeartRadio, and display album art and other info to the head unit.

Navigation

Enable customers to set the destination of the native turn-by-turn navigation system by specifying an address or point-of-interest and cancel navigation when the user does not need it anymore.

Local search

Enable customers to search for restaurants, movie theaters, grocery stores, hotels, and other business, and navigate to the location.

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