Panasonic Announces Amazon Alexa, Android Oreo Powered Infotainment Systems for Cars

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Panasonic Announces Amazon Alexa, Android Oreo Powered Infotainment Systems for Cars
Highlights
  • Alexa can work offline too with Alexa Onboard technology
  • Google-powered system now updated to Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Google Assistant and Maps have native integration

At CES 2018, Japanese electronics giant Panasonic made some big announcements in the automotive space. The company announced that it's working with Amazon to bring the Alexa digital assistant to its Skip Gen IVI in-car infotainment platform as well as advancing the Google-powered system which debuted last year with Android N, to Android O.

With Amazon Alexa, users will be able to use the familiar 'Alexa' keyword to trigger a voice service for a variety of in-vehicle functions such as car controls like HVAC, media, communication and navigation. You'll also be able to use some Alexa functions without an Internet connection through the Alexa Onboard technology.

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"When drivers have access to familiar Alexa contextual commands and responses from inside the car, it opens up a new world of experiences OEMs can offer - enabling some of these capabilities even without an Internet connection is revolutionary," said Tom Gebhardt, President, Panasonic Corporation of North America.

Panasonic also announced that its Android-powered Skip Gen IVI platform has now been updated and is now running Android 8.1 Oreo. At the keynote, Gene Karshenboym, Head of Partner Engineering, Google North America, showed attendees through a video, how Assistant can be used to tackle various tasks such as navigating to a destination with Google Maps, playing music, or controlling vehicle functions even without a phone, as Assistant and Maps run natively on the platform. The update to Android 8.1 Oreo is said to bring many improvements, one of them being much faster boot times.

Disclosure: Intel sponsored the correspondent's flights and hotel for the trip to CES, Las Vegas.

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Roydon Cerejo Roydon Cerejo writes about smartphones and laptops for Gadgets 360, out of Mumbai. He is the Deputy Editor (Reviews) at Gadgets 360. He has frequently written about the smartphone and PC industry and also has an interest in photography. With over a decade of experience covering the consumer technology space, he is also an avid sci-fi movie and TV show geek and is always up for good horror flick. Roydon is available at roydon@gadgets360.com, so please send in your leads and tips. More
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