Skoda drivers can now check the status of their car using an Amazon Alexa virtual personal assistant.
The technology works on Skoda models equipped with Skoda Connect and with all devices equipped with Alexa Voice Services.
By simply asking a question to an Alexa-equipped device, owners can receive information about numerous aspects of their car, from current fuel level to the average speed of their last journey. Owners can also check to see if they have inadvertently left their lights on to remind them where they have parked.
If an owner wants to know whether their next journey requires a visit to a fuel station, they can ask: “Alexa, ask Skoda how far I can drive with the current fuel level”. Alexa then checks the fuel level of the car and replies immediately with the information based on fuel level and the average fuel consumption of the vehicle.
From launch, Alexa can access 12 different parameters relating to the condition and status of an owner’s car, with the potential for more functionality to be added in the future.
To activate, drivers need to update their Alexa device with a new ‘Alexa Skill’ – called Skoda Connect - which allows the device to communicate with their car.
Skoda Connect is available on Fabia, Rapid, Octavia, Karoq, Superb and Kodiaq models and is made up of three core services; Infotainment Online, Care Connect and Emergency Call.