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Automotive Alexa to Star at Amazon Event

Connected car fanatics are eagerly awaiting Amazon’s annual fall hardware event on Tuesday (Sept. 28), in hopes that whatever cards the platform giant is holding close to its vest include meaningful enhancements to the in-dash experiences that Alexa enables for drivers.

Famously tight-lipped about the annual event, Amazon announced the date last week, instantly triggering mass conjecture in the media on a redesigned Amazon Echo, tweaks to the Amazon Echo Dot, the Amazon Luna gaming platform and more. 

Alexa made automotive headlines on Sept. 22 with news that General Motors (GM) and Amazon are introducing the OnStar Guardian skill for Amazon in-home smart devices, “giving users a voice-enabled connection to emergency-certified OnStar Advisors through Alexa-enabled technology at home.” But the real action for gearheads is happening on the road. 

In May, Amazon’s partnership with Ford Motors took a sharp turn into embedded voice country, issuing the first-ever software update to

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Amazon warns against car industry getting special treatment in efforts to fix chip shortage

Amazon has warned against the car industry receiving special treatment to address the chip shortage crisis that has shut factories around the world.

The technology giant told a review into Joe Biden’s plans to provide billions in subsidies for US chip manufacturing that a wide range of products from data centres to satellites were at risk from the shortage.

“Any government incentives and efforts to diversify the semiconductor supply chain should be made across the board, for access by and for the benefit of all users and customers of semiconductor technology,” the company said in its response to a consultation. 

“No single sector should be favoured over other sectors, as semiconductor technology underlies a large variety of industries.”

The Biden administration is proposing to spend $50bn (£36bn) in subsidies for chip research and manufacturing, an effort to ease the current shortage of chips and to ease reliance on Asia, where

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Amazon Ring’s New Security Cameras and Tech Protect Your Car (and You)

Photo credit: Whiteway - Getty Images
Photo credit: Whiteway – Getty Images

From Car and Driver

  • The Ring Car Alarm is a simple device that will let you know something may have happened to your car through the Ring app.

  • The Ring Car Cam includes two cameras: it can film bandits taking your groceries from the back seat, and it can also record traffic stops and send the video to people on your predetermined list.

  • Finally, Ring Car Connect is a way for automakers to integrate their own sensors and cameras with the Ring network.

Amazon already has a few ways to get into your car. There are dozens of models that come equipped with Alexa. There’s Amazon Key, which allows delivery drivers to put your Prime packages right in your trunk. But Amazon also wants to keep people out of your car. That’s why the company announced three new automotive-related Ring security products this

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