Because it has Alexa inside, Speak can do a lot more than just play your music and direct you from point A to point B. It can also deliver news briefings, weather forecasts, sports stats, and traffic information, and offers interactive games for passengers. 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.
Turn words into actions with Garmin Speak voice service, your always-ready driving companion.
Need directions? Say "Alexa, ask Garmin to route me to" where you're going. The system also goes a step further than most, enabling users to control their home automation devices via Alexa in the auto; this includes turning off (compatible, connected) lights and adjusting thermostats.
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". Lane guidance is shown on a 0.68 x 0.38 in (17.2 x 9.6 mm) OLED display surrounded by an LED light ring, and spoken turn-by-turn directions are output, too.
You can also use Garmin's turn-by-turn navigation by simply saying "Alexa, ask Garmin". The Garmin Speak itself appears to house a small microphone. Drivers can enjoy the convenience of asking Alexa to remotely access smart home automation devices such as lights, locks, and thermostats.
The Garmin Speak will use the paid smartphone's data connection to remain connected to the internet. That means access to Alexa's skills as you drive, only this is in a tiny package that sticks to your windshield.
The Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa is available today on Amazon (of course) and at Best Buy with an MSRP of $149.