2019 is the year of an exciting collaboration between the world’s best smart voice service and one of the most dependable automakers out there. Many of Toyota’s 2019 lineup will be compatible with the virtual assistant, giving drivers and passengers a driving experience that features more convenience and ease than ever before. If you’re a Toyota owner and you’ve been looking forward to this collaboration but aren’t sure where to start, look no further - our experts here at Westbury Toyota have put together a quick and comprehensive guide to getting Amazon Alexa installed in your Toyota!
The first thing to do is to check if your Toyota is currently compatible with Alexa. As Zac Estrada of The Verge points out, Toyota announced that vehicles with the Entune 3.0 infotainment systems will be capable of pairing with Alexa. For simple reference, here’s a list of all 2019 models with Entune 3.0:
If you’re driving one of these 2019 models, you’re in luck and can look forward to enjoying the plethora of Amazon Alexa’s services when you’re out on the road.
The first step in getting Alexa set up in your Toyota is to download the relevant apps. There are two you need to have: Entune 3.0 and Toyota+Alexa, both of which can be found on the Google Play Store currently and the Apple App Store in the near future. Once you’ve downloaded the apps onto your smartphone, you are going to open Toyota+Alexa and select “Get Started.”
The next step in the process is to log into Amazon. If you’ve got existing Amazon credentials, just use those. If you’re new to everything Amazon, you’ll have to set up an account to get the ball rolling.
At this point, you’ll have to set the Toyota+Alexa app to allow voice services, which is as simple as tapping “Allow.” As explained on Toyota’s own customer help website, you’ll be shown a list of application-specific permissions that you can either allow or deny using the given prompts. These permissions include things like location-based services and wake words. It’s important to note that denying some of these services may deactivate particular app services, so keep that in mind.
If you’re a first-time Toyota+Alexa user, the app will offer you some instruction regarding the app’s overall capabilities, how to use Alexa, and connection procedures. If you ever need a refresher, you can find these instructions again via the Toyota+Alexa “settings” option on the app’s home screen.
Now that you’re familiar with how to get Amazon’s Alexa up and running on your Toyota, we’re going to tell you about just what this virtual assistant can do for you when you’re in your car. Basically, it’s all about making things easier for you. Alexa is able to connect to over a thousand third-party home technology apps, and that incredible usefulness now carries over for use in cars. Alexa now allows drivers to access important navigation direction, add or remove items from a shopping list, get local or international news, and control smart home devices with their voice while sitting behind the steering wheel. It’s an incredible amount of convenience made available to Toyota drivers by the simple sound of a voice, and it is definitely worth taking advantage of if you have a compatible 2018 or 2019 Toyota model!
The saying “the future is now” has never been more apt than it is currently, and this collaboration between Amazon Alexa and Toyota is a prime indication of that. Together, the popular virtual assistant and automaker have made driving a thing of the future and it’s only going to get more impressive from here!