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Alexa-Equipped Garmin Speak Is Like an Echo Dot for Your Car

Alexa-Equipped Garmin Speak Is Like an Echo Dot for Your Car

Garmin has just released their new Garmin Speak, an Amazon Alexa equipped smart device for your vehicle. Navigation instructions are played through the car's entertainment system via a Bluetooth or AUX connection, and the device affixes to the auto windshield using a magnetic mount.

The $149.99 Garmin Speak is the equivalent of an Echo Dot for the vehicle.

Users control the device by providing voice instructions to Alexa, such as "Alexa, ask Garmin to provide directions to the nearest gas station", or "Alexa, ask Garmin to find some barbeque". "Alexa on the Garmin Speak can help customers with many things, like controlling their smart home from the road, getting news or traffic, listening to Audiobooks, adding items to a shopping list, and ordering dinner with just their voice". Alexa is also found in some third-party gear, the newest of which is a hands-free, turn-by-turn navigation product from Garmin called "Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa" (just Garmin Speak from here on out).

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Garmin Speak is relatively tiny at 1.5-inches and it sports an LED light alongside an OLED display; the device attaches directly to a car's windshield.

"The interaction between the two technologies offers drivers a truly unique opportunity to turn their words into actions while keeping both hands on the wheel", said Garmin's Dan Bartel. Customers can also enable interactive games to entertain passengers on longer trips. So if, for example, you forgot to turn off the lights or lock the door (and you have the smart home accessories capable of doing that for you), you can simply take care of it from the driver's seat. The Speak can connect to your car's speaker system via a wired auxiliary connection or wirelessly with Bluetooth, and this will allow it to announce audio-guided navigation. Alexa responses, including calling up content such as music, news and traffic alerts, stream through the vehicle's stereo.

The Garmin Speak costs $149.99 Dollars, and it's available for purchase now at Amazon and Best Buy.


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