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    At Amazon’s product demo event yesterday, Alexa voice command integration was demoed on the Rivian. For example, here it's used to open the R1T's frunk.

     
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    I honestly would rather just wave my foot under the front end. I'm not one to walk around with my phone in my hand. If my hood needs opening my hands are probably full.
     
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    While I see your point, there are also other use cases relevant to opening the trunk...Your significant other needs to get into the front trunk and her hands are full and you are no where near your keys, or as you are walking out to your truck passing an Echo, you ask her to open the hood instead of standing there with your hands full waiting for the hood to open all the way up. Depending on weight of the load, I may not want to stand like a flamingo trying to get the sensor to see my foot. I am hoping there is more functionality with Alexa, e.g., the ability to kneel, summon in a straight line, pre-condition A/C and heat to a specific temp / heated and cooled seats, open the tailgate to both the 90 and 180 degree positions, adjust setting of electrochromatic moonroof(if equipped), lock/unlock doors, and add or purchase things from my R1T while driving. How many times have you been driving and remembered that you need to buy something but by the time you got home you forgot? Or you are driving and you use the last bit of windshield washer fluid, just order more?

    I also know that there is a large portion of Rivian customers that want nothing to do with Alexa and the "Always Listening" that she does. Hopefully you have also turned Siri off, and Google Assistant off as they are always listening as well. And lastly, for those that don't want to use it at all, I am confident that there will be a way to turn Alexa off.
     
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    Already invested in Google/Nest products. So unless Rivian provides same functionality with Google Assistant, it's a feature I will not be taking advantage of. Here's a novel idea, provide both foot wave and smart assistant support. ;)
     
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    What if it is just part of the Rivian app? Sure, it might make use of Alexa tech, but does that really matter?

    It would be cool to have the app use voice authentication & go into "listen mode" when it gets close enough to the vehicle.
     
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    I believe it would matter in the sense now my smartphone would have two voice recognition systems running chewing up more of my phone's CPU while also being an additional drain on it's battery, in addition another very large company "listening in."

    Given that, I do like your idea of the app having some kind of a proximity detection to the vehicle to know when to activate the Alexa (or whatever) voice recognition system, however, that would require the Rivian app to be always running in the background. So it would depend on how well/efficient Rivian develops their app as it could possible just transfer the CPU and battery usage from the voice activation system to the Rivian app or even worse add to it. We won't know until somebody gets the production vehicle, installs the app and runs some tests. In other words, it will be quite a while before we know how this will work let alone how efficient it will be on our phones.
     
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    I would only want listening to be on while the app is open, and also see the need for voice commands to be available without requirement for Internet/cloud connectivity.

    Phone CPU & battery will continue to be less of an issue in coming years, and is honestly not anything that I've worried about for the last couple years at least.

    But I hear ya...
     
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    Hmm, that may save on unnecessarily using up phone resources but it would kinda of defeat the purpose of using the voice recognition when, say, you're carry something and you don't have either hand available to grab your phone and then start up the app. Of course you could always start up the app before loading up your arms, but I wonder how often people will remember to do that, I can easily see myself being half way to my vehicle and realizing "damn, I forgot to start the app and now have to put every thing down" and possible in the rain or mud. :headbang::facepalm: ... Ya know what solves this? Summon mode ... and the vehicle automatically opens the hood when it arrives! :CWL::CWL::CWL:
     
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    LOL. I guess you could just ask Siri or Google to open the Rivian app, right? ;-)
     
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    I hope Bezo doesn't con RJ into loading up the Rivian with all of the Alexa nonsense. I will say I know little about Alexa.
     
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    Sorry, but there will be FULL Alexa integration....
     
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    #12 ElectricTrucking, Sep 29, 2019
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    I guess that won't be so bad.I Can get the microwave going while on the road. Hope there is a fart mode and karaok

    We, the consumers, are all lab rats in Amazon’s lab as it tries to figure out how to best monetize Alexa
     
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    I hope there is a way to turn Alexa off.
     
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    The best part about Alexa...If you don't want to use it, you don't have to. If you have the Amazon app on your phone, you already have Alexa. If you use Amazon Music, you already have Alexa. If you use Amazon Prime Video, you already have Alexa. As of May 2018, vehicles from BMW, Kia, Lexus, Ford, Mini, Jeep, Ram, Genesis, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Toyota, and Nissan all have Alexa capability in some way, shape, or form.
     
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    Maybe Rivian will throw in Prime for life to those reservation holders who actually buy a Rivian.
     
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    Perhaps with Iphones but it does not look that way with Android. I have an Android with Amazon app installed and I have Prime and there is no setting in the app to activate Alexa. Plus, the Google Play store has a separate "Amazon Alexa" app you must install if you want voice response on your phone.
     
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    I stand corrected. My wife has experienced Alexa music system and loves it. Great news she gets Alexa and I get the truck.
     
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    I have Android. I stand corrected on Prime Video. It doesn't have Alexa built in. I also deleted my Alexa application and was still able to use Alexa with Amazon Music and the Amazon app.

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    @ElectricTrucking I'm glad to see that something like Alexa is no longer a bad thing! Happy wife. Happy life. Anyone can change! Maybe we can sway @EyeOnRivian!
     
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    Ahh, yes, I see the Alexa icon in the app now, thanks. I suspect then the Amazon app possibly provides basic voice commands where the Amazon Alexa app provides extended commands/services. If that's the case, at least that minimizes the bloat-ware for those who don't use it.
    Settings -> Apps & Notifications -> Amazon Shopping -> Permissions -> All off except Camera and Microphone. Well, now just Camera. ;)
     

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