With pizza delivery and Spotify integration under its belt just this week, Amazon's now adding Uber support to its Alexa-powered speaker. Starting today, you can can yell "Request an Uber," or lots of other variations on that phrase, and an Uber you shall receive.
We managed to quickly setup the service under the "Skills" tab in the Amazon Alexa app. In order for it to work you'll need to setup your device's location. Then you say "Alexa, ask uber to request a ride," "Alexa, ask Uber to request an Uber X," or "Alexa, ask Uber to get me a car." It's presently snowing and rush hour in New York, so there is surge pricing. The Echo informed me that there was a surge, and asked me to confirm the surge pricing by saying the number. Nice integration, honestly.
Lately, Amazon's seemed obsessively focused on shoring up Alexa's abilities, finally delivering on the promise of an "I can do anything" smart hub/speaker right in your home. With improvements now pouring in at a steady clip, owning an Echo may not be such a bad idea anymore.