Garmin Speak Lets You Bring Alexa on Your Next Road Trip
Believe it or not, the holiday season is nearly upon us — which means that there’s probably at least one road trip to grandmother’s house in your near future. While we haven’t yet reached the point where self-piloted cars can do all the work (unfortunately), Garmin — the technology company known for its GPS devices — has offered what might be the next best thing: an extra seat to bring Amazon Alexa with you.
On October 17, the company unveiled Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa: The first in-vehicle device that offers the dual hands-free power of turn-by-turn navigation and all the many amazing things that Alexa can do.
Want to listen to “Life Is a Highway” on a loop? Just ask Alexa. Want to find out what the temperature is at your destination ... or what it would be if you were in Miami right now? Ask Alexa. Trying to figure out why traffic isn’t moving on I-95? Ask Alexa. Want to make sure your favorite pizza is awaiting you upon arrival? Ask Alexa.
The tiny device, which retails for just under $150 and mounts perfectly to your windshield, lets you take all of Alexa’s voice-activated powers wherever you go.
“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, in a press release. “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.”
“Alexa, are we there yet?”