Bring Amazon Alexa into your vehicle with new Garmin Speak


Alexa can handle more than just tapping Garmin's navigational database, though.

BMW recently announced a partnership with Amazon to bring Alexa to their future vehicle and now a device has been announced to add Alexa to existing vehicles, the Garmin Speak. The latest of these is the Garmin Speak, and it finally brings Alexa right into your vehicle. This small, interactive device combines the hands-free convenience of Amazon's popular Alexa Voice Service technology with reliable Garmin GPS street navigation. The Garmin Speak does not look like an ordinary Global Positioning System. At just an inch and 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. Ask Speak for directions with your voice; simply say "Alexa, ask Garmin to take me to the nearest gas station", for instance.

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

Ned Curic, Amazon Alexa's automotive VP, said, "Our vision is that the Alexa service will be everywhere our customers want it, including inside the auto".

Garmin Speak users can ask the always-ready device a multitude of requests that include news briefings, weather forecasts, sports stats, and traffic. The Speak unit will then use the smartphone data connection to stream Alexa responses, tunes and navigation prompts through the car's audio system over Bluetooth or aux cable. 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. 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.

What's more, users will be able to place orders on Amazon and control their smart devices at home through the Garmin Speak.