Amazon’s Alexa lets you control a Lamborghini’s air conditioning with just your voice

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Amazon is taking a bigger step in cars today Integrating Alexa into Lamborghini’s Huracán EVOand not just to ask questions or control your home remotely – it gives the assistant the ability to control the settings in the car hands-free. The partnership was originally announced last year as part of Amazon’s push in cars, but the integration goes beyond Alexa’s usual box of tricks.

Thanks to Alexa’s integration, users can “control climate and comfort settings, including air conditioning, heating, fan speed, temperature, heated seats, defroster and airflow direction, as well as lighting,” says Lamborghini. (A screen can also open showing the car’s torque vectoring and traction control.) Of course, Alexa also has its own set of skills for interacting with your smart home devices, playing music and podcasts, and basic navigation.

If Alexa integration means less time looking at the Huracán EVO’s center console, I think that’s a win for everyone.
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The Huracán EVO has some physical controls on the steering wheel and driver’s side door, but most of the car’s functions are adjusted via a screen in the center console. Giving Alexa more control over the car itself means less time spent chasing and pecking through menus. safety and convenience.

It’s not like Alexa will be the driving your car, but give it time.

The automotive industry has already transitioned from controls such as buttons and dials to fully touchscreen-based displays, and a few years ago we even ran a review series examining in-car displays as gadgets. Amazon has tried to ease the transition with the Alexa-enabled Echo Auto in the past, but we found that the accessory in our review worked best as a simple speakerphone and Bluetooth adapter – tasks that require location knowledge or a consistent cellular connection. required, performed poorly. The Huracán EVO’s Alexa implementation, with all the benefits of true control over a connected car, may be a better version of the idea.

Amazon and Lamborghini aren’t the only car manufacturers / tech companies working together to tackle the problem of built-in car software. Volvo’s Polestar 2 launched in 2020 with Android Automotive built in and Google Assistant integration for similar control over settings such as air conditioning, something that wasn’t part of the old Android Auto. We liked Polestar’s Google-built software, although like Lamborghini, it comes with a hefty price tag.

New Huracán EVOs should have the feature from the jump, but Lamborghini says all existing Huracán EVO customers can be retrofitted with Alexa support for free.