"Alexa, start my car."
"Alexa, check the status of my battery."
"Alexa, open my garage door."
The future of Ford is here ... and it's putting you in the driver's seat of controlling your vehicle even when you're at home in your La-Z-Boy recliner.
During its news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 5, the automaker announced a partnership with Amazon Echo that will allow Ford owners to essentially control various aspects of their connected vehicles right from the comfort of their home in the near future.
The technology will allow Ford owners to interact with their vehicles hands-free from their home and engage their smart features via voice commands being sent to the Echo, Ford CEO Mark Fields said on stage during the automaker's news conference.
As long as Amazon's Echo wireless speaker unit is in proximity, users can bark commands using the Alexa virtual assistant voice system technology, whether they're in the home or approaching home.
This takes Ford's connectivity and mobility to new levels ... not to mention, its sheer convenience factor.