TD Ameritrade, an investment services company, has released a suite of in-vehicle features that will allow investors to link their smartphone to their Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Echo Auto, so they can keep up with markets as they drive. Last year, TD Ameritrade also introduced trading via phone and computer, and launched voice-activated investing through Amazon Alexa-enabled devices.
“In a connected world like ours, we have to meet investors where they are, whether at home, in the office, or on the go,” explains Sunayna Tuteja, head of strategic partnerships and emerging technologies at TD Ameritrade, Inc. “In-vehicle technology offers a new type of connectivity that further breaks down barriers to accessing financial education and markets.”
Investors with Apple CarPlay will be able to tune into the new TDAM Radio app from the TD Ameritrade Network, which will broadcast live news updates. Drivers with Android Auto and Echo Auto will be able to use voice control to receive market performance summaries, sector updates, real-time quotes, check account balances and their portfolio performance.
“From long commutes to the great American road trip, Americans spend a lot of time in cars, and technology has completely changed the way we spend that time. Today, drivers expect their car to map their course, or to play their favorite song. But we’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible,” said Vijay Sankaran, chief information officer at TD Ameritrade. “To us, this is a natural next step, building on our unprecedented collaboration momentum and representing yet another way we’re using complex technology to weave investing seamlessly into our daily lives.”