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Garmin Speak adds Amazon Alexa to your auto for $149

18 October 2017

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.

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

Granted, it appears the Garmin Speak brings more functionalities in terms of Alexa interactions.

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"Our vision is that the Alexa service will be everywhere our customers want it, including inside the vehicle", said Ned Curic, vice president of automotive at Amazon Alexa.

Garmin's turn-by-turn navigation feature can be accessed easily just by saying "Alexa, ask Garmin".

The $149.99 Garmin Speak is the equivalent of an Echo Dot for the vehicle.

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However, the Speak has a few extra tricks up its sleeve that make it particularly suited for use in the auto.

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

Users can ask Garmin Speak to find the nearest gas station, barbecue restaurant or other destination just by talking out loud, the company said. Alexa responses, which also include things like music and audiobooks, stream right through a vehicle's audio system. Garmin's Speak can also be used for hands-free calling thanks to Sensory's TrulyHandsfree Alexa trigger. Turn-by-turn navigation is packaged with the Speak and doesn't require a subscription. The upshot is that there's nothing to pull a driver's eyes away from the road for very long. Garmin - a brand known for its Global Positioning System fitness watches - has unveiled a new smart device which is said to be the first in-car gadget to offer drivers hands-free access to Alexa, as well as provide navigation through Garmin's own tech.

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The Garmin Speak is priced at $149.99 Dollars and is on sale now in the U.S. from Amazon or Best Buy.

Garmin Speak adds Amazon Alexa to your auto for $149