Las Vegas, Nevada - Ford has unveiled an alliance with Amazon aimed at allowing people to connect their cars into “smart home” networks.
The partnership, announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is intended to bring together connected vehicles with Amazon's Echo smart home hub.
The tie-up will enable drivers to communicate with the hub and, for example, ask if their garage door is open, or request an appointment with their mechanic.
It also will allow drivers to control lights, thermostats, security systems and other home devices from their car.
Working from the voice-activated Echo hub, people will also be able to stop, start, lock, unlock and check their vehicle's fuel range from home.