Garmin Speak brings Amazon Alexa and Global Positioning System navigation to any vehicle


Want to bring the power of Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa with you on every road trip?

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

Garmin have stated that the Speak is the first ever hands-free Alexa device made exclusively for your auto.

"We are excited to be the first to offer Garmin GPS navigation and Amazon Alexa's intuitive voice service in the new Garmin Speak", Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales, said in a statement.

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However, the Speak has a few extra tricks up its sleeve that make it particularly suited for use in the vehicle. Just say, "Alexa, ask Garmin to route me to the nearest gas station", "Alexa, ask Garmin to find brunch" or "Alexa, ask Garmin for directions home". As you listen to your favorite tunes through the car's speakers, your fuel light turns on.

To begin using Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa, start by downloading the free Garmin Speak app.

Garmin Speak is available now for $150 here. Even inbound calls can be answered or ignored with a voice command. What's more, the Garmin Speak integrates Alexa services through the auto stereo, meaning you can listen to music, audiobooks, news and weather through a full-fledged sound system (comparatively) instead of tiny speaker. That means access to Alexa's skills as you drive, only this is in a tiny package that sticks to your windshield.

With a suggested retail price of $149.99, Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa can now be ordered through Amazon or Best Buy.