Amazon Alexa in Your Lexus

Here’s another breakthrough: the convenience of Alexa while you’re driving

Posted: Sep 6, 2018

Lexus driver: “Alexa, add a dozen eggs to my shopping list.”

Alexa: “I’ve put eggs on your shopping list.”*

If you’ve been thinking about a 2019 Lexus model, this could be an in-vehicle conversation you’ll be having on a regular basis. Here’s why: Lexus is one of the first luxury automakers to feature onboard Amazon Alexa* technology via the Lexus+Alexa app. The app is standard in the 2019 ES, LS, LC, RC, UX*, and select NX and RC F models*, and it allows you to access thousands of Alexa skills and features as you’re driving.

Alexa, of course, is the brain behind Echo and Alexa devices, and using Alexa is as simple as asking a question—just ask, and Alexa will respond instantly. If you already use an Alexa-enabled device, you’ll immediately recognize that the Lexus+Alexa app operates similarly in a Lexus model: just ask Alexa what you want to do.

This means you can ask Alexa to deliver information and services pertinent to the driving experience, such as playing music, checking weather conditions, or providing traffic info. The system even syncs with the Lexus Navigation System* so you can ask Alexa to furnish route guidance and point-of-interest suggestions such as recommended restaurants.

Beyond the driving experience, however, the Lexus+Alexa app is a convenient way to connect to the world while on the road, from voice shopping to making lists to accessing real-time news. Sitting in traffic and realized you forgot to order your daughter a new backpack? The Lexus+Alexa app allows you to make online purchases on Amazon.com from the car. Need to start a to-do list for a busy day? Just ask Alexa during the morning commute.

The Lexus+Alexa app also allows drivers to control smart-home functions* from the vehicle, such as resetting the thermostat to a desired temperature prior to arriving home or activating the porch light as you pull into the driveway. Just like other Alexa-enabled devices, the Lexus+Alexa app syncs with compatible smart-home systems.

To use the Lexus+Alexa app, drivers need an Android phone running OS 5.0 or newer (iOS availability arrives in early 2019); an Amazon account; and Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0.* Lexus Technology Specialists are always available to assist with the installation process, and it begins by downloading and setting up Enform App Suite 2.0 to your compatible phone from the Google Play* store (available from the App Store for iOS in early 2019).

After that, download and install the Lexus+Alexa app* to your phone from the Google Play Store—or from the App Store for iOS starting in early 2019—and then open the app, log in with your Amazon credentials, and follow the app instructions. The last steps are to pair the phone to the vehicle via Bluetooth* and launch the Lexus+Alexa app.

Once installed, the Lexus+Alexa app is simply an addition to the Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 on the multi-display screen; drivers launch Lexus+Alexa like other apps in the suite. Whenever you launch the system, Alexa remains in listening mode to wait for a request, even if you navigate away from the Lexus+Alexa app screen. This listening mode can be muted in case you’re having a conversation with passengers and want to avoid prompting a request, which is equivalent to the mute button on other Alexa-enabled devices.

By Brian Gill