Garmin launches auto navigation device with Amazon Alexa

Joanna Estrada
October 17, 2017

The Garmin Speak is an Echo Dot-like device that sits in the dash of your vehicle and brings the full range of Alexa skills into the auto.

Garmin has just released their new Garmin Speak, an Amazon Alexa equipped smart device for your vehicle. Customers that already know and love Alexa will now benefit from using Amazon's cloud-based voice service in a device designed specifically for the auto. As you listen to your favorite tunes through the car's speakers, your fuel light turns on. Providing you with visual and spoken turn-by-turn directions through an integrated OLED display and built in speaker or Bluetooth/AUX audio as well as access to the variety of supported commands through Alexa. This small, interactive device combines the hands-free convenience of Amazon's popular Alexa Voice Service technology with reliable Garmin GPS street navigation. Just say "Alexa, tell Starbucks to start my order", and you can have your morning coffee ordered without having to ever touch your phone. "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".

"Our vision is that the Alexa service will be everywhere our customers want it, including inside the vehicle".

You have the entirety of Alexa in your vehicle with the Speak, meaning you can check the weather, control smart home devices, play interactive games, and even accept or reject incoming phone calls thanks to the integration of Sensory's TrulyHandsfree technology. The latest of these is the Garmin Speak, and it finally brings Alexa right into your vehicle.

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

The device works alongside the free Garmin Speak app; it syncs with the phone running the app, utilizing the handset's own data connection and abilities. Alexa can handle more than just tapping Garmin's navigational database, though.

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