Alexa in ŠKODA Connect is becoming trilingual

Alexa in ŠKODA Connect is becoming trilingual

› From October 2018, the Amazon Alexa Voice Service can also be asked questions in French

› English and German soon available worldwide

› Communication with ŠKODA car via Amazon Echo speaker from home or on the go using

the Alexa app on smartphones

Mladá Boleslav, 12 September 2018 – ŠKODA drivers can soon also interact with their car

in French via the Amazon Alexa Voice Service and ŠKODA Connect. ŠKODA AUTO will

introduce the third language, which follows German and English, to coincide with the

2018 Paris Motor Show in October. Furthermore, the ŠKODA Connect Alexa skill will then

be available in German and English worldwide.

Following a successful pilot phase in Germany and the United Kingdom, ŠKODA owners all over the

world will soon be able to use the new service in English and German. These will now be followed by

a third language – French. To this end, ŠKODA AUTO is resolutely pursuing its plan to make

customers’ everyday use and handling of their car easier by using the latest technologies and

services.

With the ŠKODA Connect Alexa skill, ŠKODA is offering its customers an even more convenient way

to communicate with their own car. This can be done with ease from home using an Amazon Echo

speaker or on the go via the Alexa smartphone app.

The voice service market is rapidly growing and, with Alexa, Amazon is one of the first providers and

drivers of innovation for this area of technology. For this new way of interacting, ŠKODA AUTO relies

on the already popular voice service that can be paired with a car. Alexa is activated by addressing her

with a simple question, to which she then responds with information about the ŠKODA owner’s car.

Questions Alexa can already answer include the current mileage, the fuel level, whether the doors and

windows are closed, whether the car is locked and even where it is parked. In addition, Alexa can

communicate the average fuel consumption and average speed, and share the distance recorded in

the tripmeter.

Vehicle data can be accessed in all ŠKODA models which are equipped with ŠKODA Connect and

have a mobile Internet connection via a SIM card. To use Alexa, customers require an Amazon

account, through which the ŠKODA Connect Alexa skill is activated. The vehicle owner then needs to

link this skill to their ŠKODA Connect user account.

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