The share of consumers who own voice-activated devices has doubled as of 2017, with more of them using those devices to make purchases, listen to music or check the weather than ever before. And retail is driving hard toward its future thanks to connected vehicles, as automakers innovate with new tech. European car manufacturer Skoda, for instance, will be adding a virtual assistant to its vehicles, which will be accessible via vocal commands. All this, Today in Data.
1991: The year Skoda was launched as an offshoot of the Volkswagen group.
46 percent: Portion of voice-activated device owners who are interested in automatic in-store payments.
31 percent: Share of voice-activated device owners who use them to make purchases.
30 percent: Portion of consumers who own both voice-activated devices and smartphones.
1.25 million: Approximate number of cars Skoda delivered globally last year.