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Asking Alexa is the fastest way to get your morning traffic

Just say "Alexa, what's the traffic?"

Alexa will respond by telling you the fastest route from home to work and how long it will take. All you have to do is set your default home and work addresses to start using this handy feature (step-by-step instructions below!). For all the city dwellers out there, Alexa is not yet set up to provide public transit (e.g., NYC subway) directions. I hope this changes soon!

Pro Tip: Add a traffic update to your morning Alexa routine! If you don't already have a morning Alexa routine, set one up that kicks off when your alarm goes off. My morning routine gradually turns my lights on, gives me weather, news and traffic updates and plays my get-out-of-bed playlist.


Do This Now: Set your default home and work addresses

To provide traffic info for your morning commute, Alexa needs to know your starting point (home) and ending point (work). Follow these easy steps to set your morning commute default "From" and "To" locations:

  1. Open the Alexa app
  2. Tap the hamburger icon in the upper left corner
  3. Tap "Settings"
  4. Scroll down and tap "Traffic"
  5. Tap into the "From" and "To" fields to set your defaults
Pro Tip: While you're updating Traffic settings, tap "Default Navigation App" at the bottom of the tab to choose Google Maps, Waze or Apple Maps. I love that you get to pick!

Check out 8 cool start-ups that pitched during Alexa Accelerator's Demo Night

The Alexa Accelerator is a highly selective program led by Techstars and Amazon that focuses on companies building technologies that incorporate Alexa. Participating entrepreneurs spent the past three months building out a host of super cool products -- from Midgame's voice-enabled AI gaming companion to VoiceHero's analytics platform to Anycart's meal shopping product. Tap/click here to read more about all the companies that pitched during the program's Demo Night.

Silly Alexa thing to try today

"Alexa, what are you going to be for Halloween?" (She'll give you clues so you can guess!)
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