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February 5, 2016

Need an Uber? Ask Alexa

by John_A

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Need to order a ride from Uber but don’t want to bother taking your phone out of your pocket? You’re in luck.

Uber has integrated its API with Alexa, the brain behind Amazon Echo. Just say “Alexa, order me an Uber” or “Alexa, ask Uber to get me a car” and soon, one will show up at your door. Other variants of that phrase will work too, Uber said, but those are a good place to start. You can also ask “Alexa, how far away is my Uber” and your Echo will tell you when to expect your ride.

To sync Uber and Echo, set your Echo’s location in the settings of your Echo app. Then, in the skills section of the app, enable the Uber skill and link your account. Bonus: If you’re new to Uber, use the code 15Alexa to get $15 off your ride.

Uber is hardly the first service to integrate with Echo. Spotify recently came to Echo and Ford announced at CES 2016 that it was going to integrate Echo into some of its vehicles. Alarm.com has also announced that it would be using Echo for its smart home control.

Source: Uber

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