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.