Kansas is first state to offer an Alexa Skill in Spanish for driver’s practice exams
TOPEKA, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Kansas Department of Revenue, in partnership with the Information Network of Kansas, has launched the “Kansas Driver’s Practice Test,” in Spanish. It’s the first practice driving test skill in the nation to support the English and Spanish language.
In October 2019, the department released the Alexa skill in English, which has supported more than 300 users.
“Expanding this service helps us provide a driver's practice exam to more people while increasing awareness of roadway safety in Kansas,” Secretary of Revenue Mark Burghart said. “In addition, this tool helps deliver the practice curriculum in a manner suited for audio-visual learners.”
According to the United States Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 24.7% of the households in Kansas are limited English speaking.
“Our team is proud of the advancement we have created for more Kansans,” said Duncan Friend, Executive Director of INK. “We strive to make world-class digital government experiences, and this solution is paving the way for future multi-language solutions.”
The Kansas Department of Revenue, under the direction of Secretary’s Office, oversees the Division of Taxes, Division of Vehicles, Property Valuation Division, and Alcohol Beverage Control. The current Department was developed in July 1972 through statute to combine the former Departments of Revenue, Motor Vehicles, Alcoholic Beverage Control, Property Valuation, Ports of Entry, and the Motor Vehicle Reciprocity Commission. The Department collects taxes and fees, administers Kansas tax laws, issues licenses, enforces alcohol law, and aids Kansas citizens and local governments.
The Information Network of Kansas, Inc. (INK) is a public-private partnership responsible for the development of the official website for the state of Kansas, Kansas.gov as well as many other services provided to the citizens, business, and agencies of the State of Kansas.
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Zach Fletcher| Kansas Department of Revenue