GEAR November 6
The First Alexa Enabled Device For Your Car by Garmin
Garmin Speak Review
I grew up watching Knight Rider on TV after school. For those of you too young to know what the show is about, basically its a secret organization that fights crime with the help of the most advanced car in the world, named KITT and David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight. KITT is a talking autonomous car.
Alexa is a talking intelligent device by Amazon that resides in your home, until now. Garmin has brough Alexa to your car with navigation.
I love my Alexa devices for podcasts, news, voice control and music. On the Garmin Speak, navigation is also added, but I will stick to Waze instead.
The following Youtube Vide is my initial impressions review after using Garmin Speak for a day or two.
And then I did a full demo on a drive after having Garmin Speak for a few weeks.
- Alexa in Your Car - Does almost everything Alexa can do in your home
- Piggybacks off your Smartphone's Data Plan
- Requires Internet / Data Coverage
- Requires Free Garmin Speak App
- Garmin Speak App Needs to be Active Most of the Time
- Slower response time vs Alexa at home with Wifi
- Has GPS chip, Provides Garmin Voice Navigation with Visual Cues
- Maps and Navigation and Traffic all included
- Supports Bluetooth for audio in and out
- Supports 1/8" for cars without bluetooth support
- Super small footprint takes up very little windshield real estate
- Costs $150 currently, and is available here.