Amazon and Ford partner in IoT endeavor


LAS VEGAS — Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is exploring a partnership with Ford that would allow its voice-activated technology to connect and control products between the car and home.

Automakers were featured at CES in Las Vegas last week and Ford said it is developing ways to integrate its SYNC Connect technology with Amazon's Echo portable speaker to provide voice control access between the car and home. By integrating the technologies, consumers would be able to access internet-enabled devices in the growing Internet of Things (IoT) including lights, home security systems, TVs and garage doors.

There are more than 15 million SYNC-equipped vehicles on the roads today and Ford expects that number to grow to 43 million by 2020.

Ford plans to use SYNC to link vehicles with Amazon's Alexa, the cloud-based service that currently lets users control Amazon's Echo speaker. Echo made a strong debut on its first Black Friday and was the best seller among all products priced over $100, according to Amazon.

"Connecting homes and cars is all about making life easier and convenient for our customers," said Don Butler, Ford executive director, connected vehicle and services. "As smart homes and smart cars continue to evolve, SYNC technology makes it easy to implement features that will make life better and more convenient for our customers."  

Amazon's Echo speaker and Alexa app that lets users control the audio device with voice commands was a topic of discussion at multiple booths throughout the show as various companies exhibited connected devices including a smart refrigerator from Samsung.

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