Amazon has just announced that their Echo Auto device is coming to Ireland and the UK today. Echo Auto is the first Echo device designed for use on the road, allowing you to access Amazon’s own voice assistant whilst driving in your card. Echo Auto is available on Amazon.co.uk as well as Argos, Dixons and Very.co.uk for just £49.99 (approx. €58.40).
Echo Auto features a custom-designed eight-microphone array which has been designed to account for challenging in-car acoustics, enabling Alexa to hear commands over music, air conditioning and ambient road noise.
The device is powered by your car’s 12V power outlet or integrated USB port, and also connects to your car’s stereo system through a 3.5 mm audio jack or Bluetooth. Once set up, Echo Auto connects to Alexa through the Alexa app on your smartphone, available on both 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.
“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.”