Garmin Unveils Alexa-Powered GPS Device

Isaac Cain
October 18, 2017

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.

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".

The unit is a half in size, the compact device features an LED light ring and a bright OLED display showing lane guidance arrows with spoken turn-by-turn directions to guide drivers to their destination. So, "Alexa, play my hip-hop playlist", "Alexa, order diapers" and "Alexa, play 20 questions" all work as expected.

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

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Amazon and Garmin have teamed up to bring the wisdom and subservient attitude of Alexa to a auto near you.

Well, now Alexa is making its way into cars too.

Alexa responses and directions stream through your vehicle's stereo system through Bluetooth or AUX. Navigation instructions are played through the car's entertainment system via a Bluetooth or AUX connection, and the device affixes to the auto windshield using a magnetic mount. Garmin Speak can be wirelessly connected to a car's speakers over Bluetooth or through a regular wired 3.5mm cable if the vehicle is older. For example, the Logitech Zerotouch hands-free auto mount offers Alexa's services for $24.99.

Turn words into actions with Garmin Speak voice service, your always-ready driving companion. It will sell for United States dollars 149.99 and can be ordered through Amazon or Best Buy.

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