Telenav and Amazon Alexa collaborate on conversational voice interface for in-car navigation
Telenav, Inc. announced it is integrating Amazon Alexa into its automotive navigation system offering. The customized turnkey solution combines Telenav’s navigation system with the cloud-based voice service from Amazon. The companies say the collaboration will result in a tailored, voice-forward experience, where the touch user experience and Alexa are seamlessly integrated.
The new integration is based on the Alexa Auto SDK, giving drivers hands-free access to the in-vehicle connected navigation system and the ability to ask Alexa to enter destinations, check traffic, and get directions. It also allows automakers the ability to provide their customers with a continuous experience at home and on the road. Drivers with Telenav’s Alexa-integrated connected-navigation system are expected to be able to ask Alexa to make a restaurant reservation from the couch and have the destination automatically available in their vehicle. Telenav’s cloud software system monitors traffic in the background and will let the driver know when to leave, helping make sure they arrive at their destination on time. Once the driver enters the car, the navigation system is ready to start the route to the destination.
“Our native integration of the Alexa Auto SDK within the Telenav connected software system provides OEMs with a turnkey solution that significantly improves their customers’ overall experience, while minimizing the effort and risk of integration for the OEM,” said Sal Dhanani, Telenav Co-president, Automotive Business Unit. “Telenav is not merely adding voice-recognition software to the car, it is making voice-based services like Alexa compatible with drivers’ needs and vehicle safety standards, ultimately expanding opportunities for consumers to have a single integrated voice service available at home, on mobile, and in the vehicle.”
“Navigation is among the most popular use cases for in-car technology, and we’re excited to be working with Telenav to make it easier for automakers and suppliers to support voice-first navigation through Alexa,” said Ned Curic, VP of Alexa Auto at Amazon. “Using the Alexa Auto SDK, Telenav is helping make Alexa a truly integrated part of the in-car navigation system, and providing customers with a more useful, consistent experience at home and on the go.”