We’ve seen Apple and Android engrain themselves in the in-car entertainment experience with CarPlay and Android Auto. So, obviously, the next company in line to do something in the car is Amazon. Epsilon Electronics announced that it’s Soundstream brand will introduce the first-ever Alexa-enabled head unit at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.
The 6.2-inch LCD touchscreen display will also include DVD/CD/MP3 functionality, AM/FM radio, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. But the main star here is definitely Alexa.
“We knew that it was just a matter of time before Alexa technology was integrated into a traditional head unit,” Paul Goldberg, Epsilon vice-president, sales and marketing, said in a statement. “With the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT), the line between car and home will become interconnected and increasingly blurred. Soon we will be controlling our homes via Alexa and our cars. This is an important first step. Voice command is so natural that the next steps in development are pretty obvious for the car.”