Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Garmin Speak puts Amazon Alexa in your auto

Garmin Speak puts Amazon Alexa in your auto

Garmin has announced a new smart device that'll bring the best of Alexa into buyers' cars.

The Garmin Speak is a small, 1.5-inch circular device with an LED illuminated ring that looks a lot like a nano-scale Echo Dot, which it sort of is.

Ned Curic, Amazon Alexa's automotive VP, said, "Our vision is that the Alexa service will be everywhere our customers want it, including inside the vehicle".

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Garmin's turn-by-turn navigation feature can be accessed easily just by saying "Alexa, ask Garmin". Simply speaking, anything Alexa can do for you at home, it can do for you on the move, though take note that it has to use your mobile data to work. Whilst it has been possible to use Alexa from your vehicle previously by mounting your phone and using the Alexa app, this is the first device that has been designed with this goal in mind.

Garmin has teamed up with Amazon to produce an Echo-like device that provides turn-by turn-navigation in cars.

Users will need to download the Garmin Speak Android/iOS app and sync the device in order to use the system. Just say, "Alexa, ask Garmin to route me to the nearest gas station", "Alexa, ask Garmin to find brunch" or "Alexa, ask Garmin for directions home". Even inbound calls can be answered or ignored with a voice command.

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Talking to a Garmin GPS navigator has already been possible for a few years now, but the company's latest device will allow drivers to ask Amazon's Alexa to stream audiobooks, podcasts and music through the vehicle's sound system, as well as get the navigation system to serve up turn-by-turn directions.

The Garmin Speak gives drivers access to Alexa's voice skills that include voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, weather, and more.

The Garmin Speak costs $149 and is available today if you are interested.

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