Garmin has announced the launch of Garmin Speak™ with Amazon Alexa, which they say is the first in-vehicle device to have hands-free access to the Amazon Alexa voice service and turn-by-turn GPS navigation from Garmin.
The system gives voice-activated navigation advice and finds landmarks such as the nearest petrol station. It also provides information about weather and traffic information. Alexa responses, which also include things like music and audiobooks, stream right through a vehicle’s audio system.
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.
“We are excited to be the first to offer Garmin GPS navigation and Amazon Alexa’s intuitive voice service in the new Garmin Speak,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “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.”
“Our vision is that the Alexa service will be everywhere our customers want it, including inside the car,” said Ned Curic, vice president of automotive at Amazon Alexa. “Alexa on the Garmin Speak can help customers with many things, like controlling their smart home from the road, getting news or traffic, listening to Audiobooks, adding items to a shopping list, and ordering dinner with just their voice.”