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Old 10-01-2018, 09:01   #1
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Amazon Alexa

I have noticed there are a number of threads running, in a number of sections, about the availability of Amazon Alexa in new SEAT models. Below is the only information, produced verbatim, that has been released to the UK dealer network so far:

SEAT will be the first automotive brand in Europe to integrate Amazon Alexa in its vehicles. The technology will be available on Leon and Ateca before the end of 2017.

Customers can use Alexa services on any Leon or Ateca fitted with Navigation System High built from week 22 2017.

How and when will it work?
Alexa will be integrated into the SEAT Media Control app that works with Navigation System High over WLAN connection. The app will be updated to enable Alexa for Android in week 50 2017 (starting 11 December 2017).

The technology will let the driver use current Alexa functions - or ‘skills’ - in the car. You simply ask questions such as: ‘Alexa, will I need an umbrella today?’. Alexa is activated by double-pressing the mute button on the steering wheel or pressing the Alexa logo on the SEAT Media Control app.

What about other models and iOS?
Alexa requires a WLAN connection, which is currently only available on Navigation System High for Leon and Ateca. Other navigation systems will be updated to include WLAN connectivity with the switch to model year 2019 in week 27 2018 (July), so customers will be able to use Alexa services on any Ibiza, Arona, Leon and Ateca with any navigation system built from this date.

The iOS version of the SEAT Media Control app will be updated to include Alexa services from July 2018. This version of the app will be compatible with navigation system high with WLAN connectivity built between week 22 2017 and week 26 2018, or any navigation system built from week 27 2018.

Important dates
Week 50 2017 (starting 11 December) – Media Control app to be updated on Android to enable Alexa capability. Compatible with all Leon and Ateca models with Navigation System High built from week 22 2017

MY19 – Media Control app to be updated on iOS (ie Apple devices), which will enable Alexa compatibility with all Leon and Ateca built with Navigation System High from week 22 2017. Standard Nav (in Ibiza, Arona, Leon and Ateca) will also be updated to include WLAN connection, so all navigation systems from these vehicles will be compatible with the Media Control app and Alexa services from this date.
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Old 15-01-2018, 21:45   #2
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Thanks for that. Interesting that wifi is to be enabled on the bog standard one.

My succes with Seat app hasn't been that great. I don't have MirrorLink so I couldn't use the Seat Drive app.

I did have the VW one of this loaded up before I got the car - deleted it again. I'm interested in the integration of Google Maps with the car's system which it says it does. I do find the Android paid app Map Coordinates very good as a navigation aid since it toggles between Openstreet and Google Maps. Openstreet is very good for outdoor activities whilst Google Maps is good for commercial activities. Map Coordinates also allows you to walk streets with Streetview whilst Google you can only start the walk from an existing item on the map and sometimes fissles out. You can bookmark and share location back into Google or any other mapping system. Did that with Navicon in Japan to get the Japanese Mapcodes for inputting into the unit. Map Coordinates provides the DMS format as one of several formats. Missing from Google... the old thumb wheel to get them in. Maybe this app will skip the thumb wheel input if it works.

I tend to keep the wifi signal off on my Mib2 High in that it swamps any wifi signals I may be using for the Obdeleven. I'll give it a go at the weekend. Thanks... but I won't be testing Alexa.

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