Published On: Mon, Jan 8th, 2018

Garmin’s Speak Plus brings Alexa to your automobile and doubles as a lurch cam

It’s some-more or reduction unavoidable that Amazon Alexa will find a approach into cars. Once we get used to sitting in your residence and cheering commands into a air, you’ll flattering fast find yourself wanting to do a same in your car. Apple and Google have a advantage there right now, with their voice assistants using constantly on a smartphone we already have strapped to a windshield mount. You only know Amazon wants to shake a approach in.

For now, that means third-party accessories. This morning we saw Anker launch a small Alexa-powered box that plugs into your 12V cigarette outlet. Now, here during CES, Garmin is announcing an Alexa-powered lurch cam.

Called a Garmin Speak Plus, it’s indeed a follow-up to a device a association launched in Oct of final year that common a same name, reduction a “Plus.” The categorical disproportion here? It’s about 80 bucks some-more ($149 MSRP for a Speak, or $229 for a Speak Plus,) yet it has a built-in lurch cam.

There’s a small shade on a front to send directions as we expostulate about, and it connects to your car’s stereo by approach of Bluetooth or AUX port. The camera runs during 1080fp during 30 frames per second, and packs a few small tricks like collision and lane-departure warnings (though, depending on how fast your Bluetooth audio tie is from a Speak Plus to your car, I’m not certain I’d rest on those). It taps your phone’s dungeon connection, meanwhile, for all a several information needs (GPS routing, estimate Alexa commands, etc.)

The Speak Plus is accessible for pre-order now, and should boat someday in mid-February.

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