CES tech show: Voice for the gas pump, sensors for the plant

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Samsung Sero TVs are on display at the Samsung booth during the CES tech show, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Las Vegas. The TVs can rotate to play vertically or horizontally. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS, NV – A connected world means paying for gas with your voice and sensing when a plant needs water.

The annual CES technology conference in Las Vegas runs through Friday and offers a forum for big companies and startups to unveil their products and services for the coming year.

Here are some highlights from the show:



If swiping a credit card is too much of a chore, you’ll soon be able to pay for gas by voice.

Later this year, those who have Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa in their cars will be able to drive into Exxon and Mobil stations and say, “Alexa, pay for gas.” Alexa will then ask you to confirm what station you're at and which pump you're using. The card on your Amazon account card will get charged.

Sorry, but Alexa won't pump gas for you. You’ll need to get out of the car for that.