Transport Canada has announced a new Alexa Skill, allowing Canadians to ask the Amazon voice assistant about vehicle recalls.
Part of a six-month pilot test, the “Vehicle Recalls Canada” will provide details about automobile recalls from Transport Canada, based on vehicle make and model information you provide.
“The Government of Canada is committed to improving service delivery for Canadians and providing information in new, innovative ways. Vehicle recall information is important and Canadians need to have vehicle safety defects corrected in a timely manner. The easier we make it for Canadians to obtain this information, the better. I would like to thank Amazon and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat for collaborating with Transport Canada to make this service a possibility,” said Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.
Transport Canada says there are roughly 650 safety recalls issued by automakers annually, affecting more than 5 million vehicles. Any recalls are up to owners to bring their cars or trucks to dealers to fix any issues.
The new Alexa Skill “fulfills a Government commitment to provide digital services that are more agile, open, and user-focused,” explains the press release, which reads like an election campaign message.
Let us know if you’re going to try this Vehicle Recalls Canada Alexa Skill (your tax dollars at work, folks).