Amazon has announced the launch in Spain of its first virtual assistant designed for the car, the new Echo Auto. It is available today for 59.99 euros and can be purchased from Amazon or MediaMarkt.
Amazon Echo Auto It is a small device that we can easily install on the dashboard of any car. Incorporates 8 microphones specially designed to work well in the usual conditions of a road trip and it is able to identify our voice above the ambient noise or the conversations of other passengers.
At the top it includes a button to turn off microphones and prevent Alexa from saving conversations. It has a 3.5 mm jack output. and a USB port, to recharge your battery. To access the Internet, Echo Auto connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth and uses the data rate that we have contracted.
As with other Amazon Devices, we can interact with Alexa So you can play our favorite music, read the news, make calls or set alarms. In addition, we can control other smart devices associated with our Amazon account. So you can tell Alexa to turn on the heat before you get home, for example.
“With Echo Auto, users can enjoy the features of Alexa while traveling, such as playing music, making calls, participating in games compatible with driving, managing their alarms and reminders and much more, all simply by voice”, has explained Eric Saarnio, Vice President of Amazon Devices for the European market.
Who is Echo Auto for? The answer is that it depends a lot on the type of user we are. Those who already have the Amazon ecosystem and use Alexa a lot can find it interesting, although it is true that there are many vehicles with Apple’s CarPlay or Google’s Android Auto. If it is not our case, for little money we can have a virtual assistant that will work much better than our smartphone thanks to the integrated hardware.
Amazon Echo Auto, price and availability
The new Amazon Echo Auto is now available on Amazon and MediaMarkt for € 59.99. At the moment there is only one model in black and it is sold in a kit It includes, in addition to the device, the car mount, power adapter, a microUSB cable and a 3.5mm auxiliary cable. We will post a full review as soon as we receive a test unit.
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