VW offers Alexa-powered test drives of ID.4 SUV and more business news

VW offers Alexa-powered test drives of ID.4 SUV

Volkswagen and Amazon are set to deliver an innovative new take on the automotive test drive, according to the automaker.

Starting this fall, customers in select regions can schedule an in-person Alexa-guided test drive of Volkswagen's all-electric ID.4 SUV, which is undergoing assembly at the company's Chattanooga plant. Following a brief walkaround of the vehicle with a Volkswagen product specialist, participants will embark on a real-world test drive with Amazon Alexa as their companion, the company said in a news release.

The Alexa-guided test drive is enabled through an Echo Auto device on the vehicle's dashboard. Alexa is able to share information about the ID.4's features, including its battery, charging, blind spot monitor, connecting to infotainment, cost, regular maintenance and more, the release said.