Amazon is giving more automakers access to the tools needed to integrate Alexa into their vehicles' infotainment systems. The company released its Alexa Auto software development kit today, making the tools accessible to all developers via GitHub. Integrating Alexa into vehicles gives users easier access to the assistant's skills while they drive, and they can take advantage of functions like weather reports, notifications, smart home controls, media streaming and the many third-party skills accessible through Alexa. Some other functions supported by Alexa Auto -- including navigation, calling and local search -- will be particularly useful for drivers.
A number of automakers have begun or have announced plans to integrate Alexa into certain models. Those companies include Hyundai, Ford, BMW, Volkswagen, Toyota and Lexus. Now that Amazon has opened up its toolkit to everybody, though, it's likely we'll see developers bring Alexa to more vehicles sometime in the future.