Bring Amazon Alexa into your vehicle with new Garmin Speak

Garmin Speak puts Amazon Alexa in your car

Garmin - a brand known for its Global Positioning System fitness watches - has unveiled a new smart device which is said to be the first in-car gadget to offer drivers hands-free access to Alexa, as well as provide navigation through Garmin's own tech. You can ask Alexa to search music by artist, title, or genre. "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". It provides spoken directions with street names and shows arrows on the display with audio prompts to indicate which lane you need to be in for your next turn or upcoming exit. Today, Garmin has teamed up with Amazon to announce the Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa.

This is the first time Garmin has offered a device with both its own navigational tech and Alexa, and it could be a decent way to give a vehicle a technological boost in the absence of something like Android Auto.

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"Our vision is that the Alexa service will be everywhere our customers want it, including inside the auto". 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. When you're ready to roll, ask Alexa to play your music or audiobook of choice, and it will stream through your vehicle's speakers via Bluetooth or an AUX cable. Thanks to Sensory's TrulyHandsfree Alexa trigger, Garmin Speak offers hands-free phone support, including the ability to ignore or accept incoming calls, so users can stash away their smartphones and keep their hands on the steering wheel. The device is available now via Best Buy and Amazon for $149.99 Dollars.

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