Battle of the AI voice assistants heats up as Alexa enters the car
Carzaam Automotive News Episode 9: Alexa – Carsome – Your Now
Battle of the AI voice assistants enters the car
As demand for connectivity in vehicles grows, automakers are clamoring to put Amazon Alexa behind the wheel with demand for voice-activated technology “through the roof” in 2020 according to Ned Curic, vice president of Alexa Auto.
Automakers and Amazon started collaborating in 2016, launching remote vehicle start with Alexa before putting Alexa directly into cars to control some functions. Amazon has also since rolled out in-car Echo Auto, an Alexa-enabled aftermarket device.
Ten carmakers have already signed on with Amazon and more are expected in 2020 and beyond as the functionality improves and General Motors is currently at the forefront with Alexa being onboarded to newer Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles in the first six months of 2020.
Carsome Indonesia to offer used car auctions
Auto marketplace Carsome Indonesia has joined forces with BidWin Auctions to offer used car auctions that allow customers to sell their vehicles online through Carsome’s expansive network of dealers.
The agreement adds 4,800 companies to Carsome’s existing network of 1,600 used car dealers in Greater Jakarta, Bandung and Surabaya.
Founded in 2015, Kuala Lumpur-based Carsome already operates in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand and now adds Indonesia with the deal.
Earlier this month, the company raised $50 million in a Series C funding round, bringing its total investment to $77 million and pushing it’s valuation close to $110 million.
BMW/Daimler cut back joint carsharing offering
Last week I told you that preliminary results were starting to leak out from the first full year of operations from the Your now portfolio of merged mobility assets from Daimler and BMW.
I actually though the numbers were pretty impressive, 90 million customers, record ridehailing revenues of EUR2 billion and 300 million trips taken.
However the latest news is that the carsharing arm of Your Now will discontinue services in North America altogether and will be also pulling out of Brussels, Florence and London, citing increasing infrastructure complexities in America and low adoption rates in Europe.
It adds to the list of mobility experiments from manufacturers with GM ending its Maven carsharing business in eight North American cities and Chariot, a micro-transit service owned by Ford, also going out of business.
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