Garmin thinks Amazon Alexa in your vehicle is the next big thing
Oct 18 2017
The position of the Garmin Speak above the dash and in-view of the road could help a driver better focus on driving, rather than looking down at their phone or infotainment system.
Garmin has just released their new Garmin Speak, an AmazonAlexa equipped smart device for your vehicle. 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".
Garmin have stated that the Speak is the first ever hands-free Alexa device made exclusively for your vehicle.
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.
However, the Speak has a few extra tricks up its sleeve that make it particularly suited for use in the vehicle.
Alexa is Amazon's smart assistant and supports spoken commands prefixed with the phrase "Alexa" followed by your request.
The Garmin Speak will use the paid smartphone's data connection to remain connected to the internet.
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. "We are excited to be the first to offer GarminGPS navigation and Amazon Alexa's intuitive voice service in the new Garmin Speak", said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. However, Garmin's solution is interesting because it allows the driver to put away their phone and use its low-distraction hardware.
What's more, users will be able to place orders on Amazon and control their smart devices at home through the Garmin Speak.