Amazon has announced that Echo Auto will be coming to the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Echo Auto gives you the power of having Alexa on the go in an easy and affordable way. It is the first device that has been designed for use on the road and is very economical and easy to use. Echo Auto is available from today on Amazon.co.uk as well as Argos, Dixons and Very.co.uk for just £49.99
“Customers tell us they want to take Alexa with them everywhere they go. We’re delighted to offer them an easy way to add Alexa to the car they already own,” said Eric Saarnio, Vice President, Amazon Devices EU. “With Echo Auto, customers can now enjoy the convenience of Alexa on the road, giving them the ability to play music, make calls, continue their audiobook, play games, manage their reminders, and more—all just by using their voice.”
In order to take in commands in a noisy environment of a car with music, air conditioning, and ambient road-noise, the Echo Auto has been packed with a custom-designed eight-microphone array. You can provide it with power through the 12V power outlet of the car or via an integrated USB port. The connection to the stereo system is made through a 3.5mm audio jack or Bluetooth. You can then connect it to Alexa through the Alexa app on your smartphone, iOS or Android, and uses your existing phone’s data plan for connectivity and to access a range of Alexa features such as music, calling, and more.
You can ask Alexa to do anything from hearing your morning news to listening to an Audible audiobook and much more all thanks to Echo Auto. You can set up reminders to help you remember to pick up the dry cleaning on your way home, control your smart home devices, build your shopping list or manage your calendar—all while your eyes stay on the road.
Alexa is getting smarter by the day with thousands of skills it already has the ones it is acquiring. Skills are like apps and help you do more, such as play relaxing sounds or test your music knowledge. Just say, “Alexa, what are your top skills?”