DriveNow, the car-sharing joint venture of the BMW Group and Sixt SE, is available today as an Alexa skill voice command for UK members. DriveNow users with an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot can reserve vehicles nearby using voice command as well as receive details of their car and the reservation time. The DriveNow function for Alexa is now available to download for free in the Amazon skills store.
“The DriveNow skill for Alexa makes reserving vehicles from home even easier,” says Nico Gabriel, CEO at DriveNow. “Customers can find the location of the nearest vehicles in seconds via voice command and can reserve one without using their smartphone.” Amazon’s Alexa can be used to perform a number of everyday tasks in the home such as controlling lighting or playing music. “But the ‘smart home’ trend shouldn’t just be confined to tasks within your home.” says Managing Director at DriveNow UK, James Taylor. “With the integration of DriveNow and Alexa, we have combined smart living with modern mobility.”
DriveNow customers can use the DriveNow Skill simply by saying “Open DriveNow”, and Alexa will provide details about the nearest available vehicle. The car of choice can then be directly reserved, or cancelled, entirely through voice. Customers can also ask Alexa for information on their remaining reservation period, as well as for details on their chosen vehicle, such as its type and fuel level. If a customer reserves a DriveNow vehicle using Alexa and sets off, the reservation is displayed in the DriveNow app. Customers can then use the app as they normally would to adjust any settings for their trip.
The DriveNow Alexa skill for Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot is available in London from today. DriveNow customers can activate the Skill using the Alexa app. The Skill is likely to be extended in future to offer even more features.