Alexa-Equipped Garmin Speak Is Like an Echo Dot for Your Car

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

Garmin's turn-by-turn navigation feature can be accessed easily just by saying "Alexa, ask Garmin". The Garmin Speak can be secured to a vehicle's windshield with a magnetic mount.

However, the Speak has a few extra tricks up its sleeve that make it particularly suited for use in the vehicle. Alexa is also available for your home on the Amazon Echo devices, Amazon's answer to the Google Home, with new versions launched at the end of last month.

The Garmin Speak will use the paid smartphone's data connection to remain connected to the internet.

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Need directions? Say "Alexa, ask Garmin to route me to" where you're going.

Audio, whether streamed audiobook or navigation directions, is routed through the car's audio system and speakers via Bluetooth or an auxiliary audio cable. Garmin's Speak can also be used for hands-free calling thanks to Sensory's TrulyHandsfree Alexa trigger.

A small OLED display on the Speak's face shows arrows and distance to the next turn, but there's no traditional car-on-a-map display. Even inbound calls can be answered or ignored with a voice command.

Garmin has announced the launch of Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa, which they say is the first in-vehicle device to have hands-free access to the Amazon Alexa voice service and turn-by-turn Global Positioning System navigation from Garmin. For example, the Logitech Zerotouch hands-free vehicle mount offers Alexa's services for $24.99. It will sell for United States dollars 149.99 and can be ordered through Amazon or Best Buy.

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