Garmin launches Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa

Joshua Bennett
October 18, 2017

Navigation instructions are played through the car's entertainment system via a Bluetooth or AUX connection, and the device affixes to the vehicle windshield using a magnetic mount. Lane guidance is shown on a 0.68 x 0.38 in (17.2 x 9.6 mm) OLED display surrounded by an LED light ring, and spoken turn-by-turn directions are output, too.

"Alexa, play "Goin" Mobile' by The Who". 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.

Amazon wants its Alexa voice assistant to be everywhere you are: in your home, on your phone and, now, even in your auto.

Garmin has also included Garmin GPS turn-by-turn navigation, which can be activated with voice commands like "Alexa, ask Garmin to find the nearest rest stop". Garmin Speak requires the use of a free app. Garmin Speak is billed as the first in-vehicle device for hands-free access to the Amazon Alexa voice service and Global Positioning System navigation.

The Garmin Speak gives drivers access to Alexa's voice skills that include voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, weather, and more. Turn-by-turn navigation is packaged with the Speak and doesn't require a subscription. Once synced, it will use the driver's phone data connection to stream Alexa responses, music, and navigation through the vehicle's Bluetooth, or through an AUX cable. Since users get the full range of Alexa skills, they will also be able to control their smart devices at home as well as place orders on Amazon without having to get out of the auto.

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