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Amazon's Echo Speaker Can Finally Order You an Uber

When tapping an app is too much effort.

Walt Mossberg

You can use Amazon’s Echo device to order a pizza or stream music on Spotify, so shouldn’t you be able to ask the digital assistant “Alexa” to call you a car from Uber? Well, starting today, you can. Uber is announcing Friday that its application program interface, or API, has been integrated with Amazon’s smart home hub.

The update may be the purest manifestation of Uber’s mission to make getting you from point A to point B completely seamless. After all, what’s easier than speaking the words “call me an Uber” into thin air, and having the car show up minutes later? This could be the provenance of germaphobes everywhere. (Of course, you’ll still have to touch the Uber’s door handle.)

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