Ford and Lincoln owners whose vehicles have hands-free access to Alexa don’t have to stick to using standard voice commands if they don’t want to. The automaker has rolled out enhanced Car Control capabilities, and with it comes the option to teach Alexa commands that reflect their natural way of speaking. For example, they can program in “Alexa, I’m cold,” and then teach the voice assistant to respond by asking what course of action it should take, such as “I can increase the temperature by 5 degrees or turn off the AC. What should I do?”
Another example of a personalized phrase would be: “Alexa, set the AC to full blast.” The assistant can then ask the owner what they mean by “full blast.” Training Alexa to respond to personalized phrases is made possible by the assistant’s teachable AI technology. All vehicles with Alexa Built-in will get access to enhanced Car Control when it becomes available to them.
At the moment, the models with access to the hands-free experience are the 2022 F-150, Bronco, Mustang Mach-E, Edge, the new Expedition, Nautilus and newly launched Navigator. The long-awaited 2022 F-150 Lightning will also come with the capability when it launches. Ford debuted the hands-free Alexa capability for its vehicles last year, marking the beginning of its six-year partnership with Amazon. As part of that partnership, it’s giving its customers complimentary access to Alexa for up to three years that begin on the new vehicle’s warranty start date.
Ford will demonstrate its enhanced Car Control and Alexa capabilities at the New York International Auto Show from April 15th through the 24th.