Garmin Speak updates the Global Positioning System for 2017 with Alexa, and good design

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

Garmin has just released their new Garmin Speak, an Amazon Alexa equipped smart device for your auto. Alexa can handle more than just tapping Garmin's navigational database, though. Garmin Speak unobtrusively secures to a vehicle's windshield with a magnetic mount for easy stow and go.

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". The device, simply called Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa, is said to be the first in-car gadget that gives drivers access to Alexa, as well as navigation via Garmin's own tech. 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. Garmin Speak is also rather compact, measuring only an 1.5 inches in size, and has an organic light emitting diode (OLED) display showing lane guidance arrows.

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"The interaction between the two technologies offers drivers a truly unique opportunity to turn their words into actions while keeping both hands on the wheel", said Garmin's Dan Bartel. The Garmin Speak does not look like an ordinary Global Positioning System.

To begin using Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa, start by downloading the free Garmin Speak app. The Speak can connect to your car's speaker system via a wired auxiliary connection or wirelessly with Bluetooth, and this will allow it to announce audio-guided navigation. The system also goes a step further than most, enabling users to control their home automation devices via Alexa in the vehicle; this includes turning off (compatible, connected) lights and adjusting thermostats. It will sell for Dollars 149.99 and can be ordered through Amazon or Best Buy.

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