Garmin Unveils Alexa-Powered GPS Device

PaulRubens - October 17, 2017 - 09:48 AM

Garmin Unveils Alexa-Powered GPS Device

Garmin's Speak with Amazon Alexa Is a combination of a GPS navigation device and an Amazon Echo.

(CCM) — Garmin has teamed up with Amazon to produce an Echo-like device that provides turn-by turn-navigation in cars. The Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa has a small OLED screen that displays arrows to tell the driver which way to go, and an LED ring which glows green shortly before a turn is required. Navigation instructions are played through the car's entertainment system via a Bluetooth or AUX connection, and the device affixes to the car windshield using a magnetic mount.



Users control the device by providing voice instructions to Alexa, such as "Alexa, ask Garmin to provide directions to the nearest gas station," or "Alexa, ask Garmin to find some barbeque." Users can also use Alexa in the same way that they would on an Echo device: to ask for a news briefing, to remotely access smart home automation devices such as lights, locks, and thermostats, or to play music from streaming services such as Amazon music. In addition, the device can be used to accept or ignore incoming calls, which are then played through the car's entertainment system.

The Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa uses a data connection from a paired smartphone running the free Garmin Speak app, and can be ordered through Amazon or Best Buy for $149.99.

Image: © Garmin.
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