For $150, the new Garmin Speak lets you bring Amazon Alexa along in the car

 

Garmin's dedicated navigation devices continue to evolve, now with more integrated funcionalities:

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/591054

Garmin Speak is now on sale at Amazon or Best Buy for $149.99.

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https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/17/garmin-speak-lets-you-brin...

Amazon and Garmin have teamed up to bring the wisdom and subservient attitude of Alexa to a car near you.

The Garmin Speak is an Echo Dot-like device that sits in the dash of your car and brings the full range of Alexa skills into the car. What’s more, the Garmin Speak integrates Alexa services through the car stereo, meaning you can listen to music, audiobooks, news and weather through a full-fledged sound system (comparatively) instead of tiny speaker.

You can also use Garmin’s turn-by-turn navigation by simply saying “Alexa, ask Garmin.”

What’s more, users will be able to place orders on Amazon and control their smart devices at home through the Garmin Speak. So if, for example, you forgot to turn off the lights or lock the door (and you have the smart home accessories capable of doing that for you), you can simply take care of it from the driver’s seat.
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Data?

I wonder how much cell phone data it'll use. If a lot, it's not good for us Tracfone-ites.

My guess

is that this device will go the same way as Garminfone and Garmn HUD.

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Alan - Android Auto, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Just as bad

as the stupid things put in their homes to audio command things. Who know's what "Big brother " is listening in.

Now you can do it in your car too, yipeeeee !!!

I'm sure that every time I use "SIRI" Apple finds out. Fortunately I do not use Siri very often

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT, Nuvi 2797LMT, 3790LMT passed on to my daughter. Using Windows 10

No Thanks...

...Alexa can hitch a ride from somebody else but she's not riding with me.

Oh joy! Just what we need,

Oh joy! Just what we need, another distraction for the car.

What a waste of technology. Garmin should be ashamed to have their name associated with this. But, of course, money supersedes all else.

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I never get lost, but I do explore new territory every now and then.

Garmin Speak

At first glance, my reaction is that I am not thrilled with it because it requires data and doesn't display a traditional map on the screen. On the other hand, my wife just might like it! I actually want to try it. Does anybody happen to know if this device would also let you access Google Maps?

too old I guess

I am 68 yrs old..can't see what this is good for or why they developed it.. but what do I know. A phone would do all of that can't it ? the brochure doesn't tell much to me at all. I must be missing something.

Alexa...

doesn't live here!

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Garmin Nuvi 765T, Garmin Drive 60LM

Garmin Speak

I was at a Best Buy last night and these were on a shelf. One of the first things that came to my mind was what this will do, that Google Maps won't do. Think about it, it needs data. For that to happen you probably have a smartphone, with data, nearby. So, if you already have a smartphone, with access to Google Maps or other mapping apps, why get this?

But, I have no experience with Amazon Alexa, So, maybe this will turn out to be a success. I think I would have to use it myself to make an informed decision, though.