The Garmin Speak does not look like an ordinary Global Positioning System. From its perch above your car's dashboard, Speak allows drivers to access AmazonAlexa voice skills with the hands-free "Alexa..." keyword. Ask Speak for directions with your voice; simply say "Alexa, ask Garmin to take me to the nearest gas station", for instance.
Garmin on Tuesday introduced the Garmin Speak, an Amazon Alexa-enabled device that sits above your car's dashboard.
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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. Whilst it has been possible to use Alexa from your vehicle previously by mounting your phone and using the Alexa app, this is the first device that has been designed with this goal in mind.
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 Speak is available now for $150.
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.
Turn words into actions with Garmin Speak voice service, your always-ready driving companion.
The Speak is the first in-vehicle device to pair hands-free Alexa access with Garmin navigation software, but it's not the first partner to bring Amazon's voice service into the auto. For example, the Logitech Zerotouch hands-free vehicle mount offers Alexa's services for $24.99.
The Garmin Speak is priced at $149.99 Dollars and is on sale now in the U.S. from Amazon or Best Buy.
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