Alexa is also found in some third-party gear, the newest of which is a hands-free, turn-by-turn navigation product from Garmin called "Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa" (just Garmin Speak from here on out). Alexa enables you to play music, access news, sport and weather, control your smart home devices like lights and climate control as well as supporting games, jokes and trivia through Alexa Skills.
Garmin have stated that the Speak is the first ever hands-free Alexa device made exclusively for your auto. The Garmin Speak can be controlled with voice commands to Alexa, allowing hands-free access to turn-by-turn Global Positioning System navigation from Garmin. "Our vision is that the Alexa service will be everywhere our customers want it, including inside the auto", said Ned Curic, vice president of automotive at Amazon Alexa.
Garmin's turn-by-turn navigation feature can be accessed easily just by saying "Alexa, ask Garmin".
Amazon's cloud-based digital assistant has already branched out from inclusion in the companies own smart speaker to tablets, lighting, smartphones and robot vacs. "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".
Garmin Speak is relatively tiny at 1.5-inches and it sports an LED light alongside an OLED display; the device attaches directly to a car's windshield.
The Garmin Speak will use the paid smartphone's data connection to remain connected to the internet. Garmin and Amazon have launched a new device that looks kind of like the Amazon Echo Dot. Garmin's Speak can also be used for hands-free calling thanks to Sensory's TrulyHandsfree Alexa trigger.
The Garmin Speak is now available through Amazon, Best Buy and other retailers for $150, around the same price as some of Garmin's other in-car models.