Garmin made a tiny Echo for your car because there's no escaping Alexa

Here in my car, I can only receive, I can listen to you
Garmin made a tiny Echo for your car

The connected self doesn't just stop at the walls of your home, or on your wearables; the car is a growing area of interest for tech companies, and Alexa has just found another way in with the new Garmin Speak.

Garmin teamed up with Amazon to make a tiny Echo Dot that affixes to the windshield and brings Alexa's voice commands into the car. Turn-by-turn navigation via Garmin is the headline sell here, but you'll be able to get all your usual info - news, weather, sports - from Amazon's assistant as well. Forgot to turn off the house lights? You can sort that too.

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It also works with your car sound system via Bluetooth or AUX, so you won't have to pipe everything through a tiny speaker. At 1.5 inches wide it's a lot smaller than the Echo Dot but there's that familiar glowing blue ring around the top. There's also an OLED display that will display arrows for navigation.

Garmin made a tiny Echo for your car because there's no escaping Alexa

And as you'll be out of the house and range of Wi-Fi, the Garmin Speak will need to be paired with your smartphone so it can get a data connection.


We're not sure Alexa will prove as helpful in the car as in the home, but things like music control and turn-by-turn navigation do appeal. The Speak costs $150 and you can pick one up from Garmin's website.

Garmin made a tiny Echo for your car because there's no escaping Alexa


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