Czech brand Skoda has become the latest manufacturer to offer a Siri-like intelligent in-car assistant, launching a new "Hey, Laura" function for the Kamiq crossover and Scala small car.The online-based voice control system understands natural speech in six languages, according to the Volkswagen Group subsidiary, and forms part of the 'Amundsen' infotainment system that's available for the Kamiq and Scala.Laura supports English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Czech, and can even understand different dialects if required. functions at launch include the ability to change radio stations, search for POIs using the native satellite navigation system, and make phone calls.Skoda's in-car digital assistant uses the vehicle's on-board eSIM to connect to the internet, and Skoda says the system will be enhanced with further functionality as time goes on, including control of "certain vehicle functions" along with mobile and web apps."The new Digital Assistant strengthens the position of its two new models as infotainment and connectivity pioneers in their respective segments," Skoda says in its press release.Australia

The Skoda Kamiq and Scala are due to land Down Under during the first half of 2020, though the company's local division has indicated the 'Hey, Laura' function may not be available in Australia as it doesn't plan to offer eSIM functionality."Itís unlikely as the feature requires car connectivity via a SIM, which we currently do not plan to introduce," said Kurt McGuinness, PR manager for Skoda Australia."Having said that, there is similar voice-activated technology already available via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity."MORE: Skoda Kamiq news, reviews, comparisons and videosMORE: Skoda Scala news, reviews, comparisons and videosMORE: Everything SkodaWatch Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wadFCFI4JPgAvailable


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