Amazon’s Alexa can already help you around the house, but Garmin is bringing the convenience to your car. The GPS loving company announced the new Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa today ($149 at Amazon), the first in-vehicle device to have hands-free access to the Amazon Alexa voice service and turn-by-turn GPS navigation. With the tiny device, Alexa responses and things like music and audiobooks, will stream right through the vehicle’s stereo, as well as your GPS instructions. You won’t have the fancy maps that other Garmin devices offer, but you will have lane directions, voice controls, and other Alexa features.
Want to stream the newest song from your favorite artist? Alexa can easily search music by artist, title, or genre. As you listen to your favorite tunes through the car’s speakers, your fuel light turns on. Not a problem, simply ask Garmin Speak for directions to the nearest gas station or any other destination using the simple phrase, “Alexa, ask Garmin…” At just an inch and a half in size, the compact device features an LED light ring and a bright OLED display showing lane guidance arrows with spoken turn-by-turn directions to guide drivers to their destination. Garmin Speak unobtrusively secures to a vehicle’s windshield with a magnetic mount for easy stow and go.
“We are excited to be the first to offer Garmin GPS navigation and Amazon Alexa’s intuitive voice service in the new Garmin Speak,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “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.”
“Our vision is that the Alexa service will be everywhere our customers want it, including inside the car,” said Ned Curic, vice president of automotive at Amazon Alexa. “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.”
Garmin Speak users can ask the always-ready device a multitude of requests that include news briefings, weather forecasts, sports stats, and traffic. Customers can also enable interactive games to entertain passengers on longer trips. Drivers can enjoy the convenience of asking Alexa to remotely access smart home automation devices such as lights, locks, and thermostats. Need to add milk to your shopping list on the way to the grocery store? Simply ask Alexa or choose from thousands of other skills in the Alexa Skills Store.
To begin using Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa, start by downloading the free Garmin Speak app. Once Garmin Speak is synched with the app, it will use the driver’s phone data connection to stream Alexa responses, music and navigation through the vehicle’s audio system via Bluetooth or AUX connectivity (AUX cable sold separately). 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 Garmin Speak skill can be found here on Amazon.
With a suggested retail price of $149.99, Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa can now be ordered through Amazon.