Virtual assistants are everywhere these days, but I didn't really expect to see them arrive in cars. Well they are, and Nissan is adding some limited Alexa integration to some of its cars.
You're not going to be able to use Alexa to do important stuff, like steering, but you will be able to control some of the in-car features. That includes turning the engine on and off, lock and unlock the car, honk the horn, flash the lights, and other stuff like that. The skill is due later this month, and is powered by Nissan Connected Services. For that reason anyone wanting to take advantage of Alexa will need a subscription to NCS and a valid Nissan Owner Portal account. The skill itself is free.
Naturally not all Nissan cars will support Alexa include 2016, 2017, and 2017.5 Altima, 2018 Armada, 2017 GT-R, 2016 and 2017 Maxima, 2017.5 Murano, 2018 and 2018 Pathfinder, 2016 and 2017 Nissan Rogue, 2017 Rogue Sport, 2016 and 2017 Sentra, 2017 Titan, and 2016 and 2017 Titan XD.
The 2018 Nissan leaf will have Alexa as well, with rollout expected for the 2011-2017 Leaf models. Added features for Leaf owners include checking the battery status, managing remote charging, and activating the heating or air conditioning. [Nissan via Slashgear]