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Amazon Echo’s latest trick? Booking you a ride with Uber

Amazon has added another neat string to the ever more elaborate bow of its Alexa personal assistant; the ability to book an Uber ride without touching a button.

Owners of the rapidly-improving Amazon Echo speaker can simply use voice commands to ensure a driver shows up at their door at the earliest convenience.

Phrases like “call me an Uber,” “get me an Uber” and “request me a ride” are among those available to Echo users who sync their Uber account with the Alexa app and enter an address.

Alexa will then inform the user how far away an Uber car is and ask them to confirm the order. Users can ask how far it is away at any time and in turn will be informed when the Uber has arrived.

The integration (via Uber) is a great little addition for those getting ready in a rush.

See also:
5 Amazon advancements that took us by surprise

The update is the third of its kind in the last week. The Echo can
now boast the ability to order a favourite Domino’s pizza order through
voice commands.

Perhaps more significantly, Spotify joining the array of music streaming services now available to stream directly.

Have you snapped up an Echo yet? Share your impressions in the comments section below.

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