VinFast, a global electric vehicle manufacturer, has announced plans to integrate the Amazon Alexa voice experience into its vehicles beginning in 2022. The collaboration with Amazon, announced at the 2022 New York International Auto Show, will integrate Alexa services into the VF 8 and VF 9 all-electric SUVs.
By asking Alexa, VinFast customers can control vehicle functions including interior lighting, seat heaters, cabin temperature, playing music, listening to audiobooks, getting directions, checking traffic, managing their smart home devices, and more – all while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
New features and capabilities will be delivered seamlessly through over-the-air (OTA) software updates.
Franck Euvrard, Deputy CEO – Product Development of VinFast says: “VinFast considers technology as a key component in our vehicle development process. Our focus is to connect intelligence globally and collaborate with world-leading partners to provide customers with the best products and services. Amazon’s Alexa will be a wonderful addition to our smart functions and services. Alexa will deliver a seamless, intuitive and enhanced in-vehicle voice experience for Vinfast customers.”
Christian Mentz, Director of Amazon Smart Vehicles International, adds: “We are impressed with VinFast’s speed and bold vision to be a leader in the global smart electric vehicle revolution. We can’t wait for VinFast customers to experience the best of what Alexa and voice AI can offer, both on the go and at home– making it easier and more intuitive to stay connected, organized, and entertained no matter where they are.”
VinFast has announced plans to establish its first North American plant in Chatham County, North Carolina, and the VF 8 and VF 9 will be the first two models manufactured at the facility.
Breaking ground later in 2022, the Vietnam-based company is investing $2 billion into the first phase and it will generate thousands of new jobs.