amazon echo auto review

With the power of Alexa, Amazon's Echo Auto is an affordable way to smarten up your car. Overall, the Echo Auto acts as a voice assistant. Do rideshare drivers need the Echo Auto, or will their smartphones work just as well? Learn the honest pros and cons of this device. Product Overview · Internet #314760822 · Model #B07VTK654B · Store SKU #1005787009 · Specifications · Customers Who Viewed This Also Viewed · Customer Reviews.

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Excellent product.

I was very excited to receive this and install it in my vehicle. I've been using echo dots throughout my house for quite a while, and wanted to extend the hands-free functionality to my drive. First, the product performs exactly as it is designed and does exactly what I expected it to. However, I have a couple of issues that affect how I am able to use it. First, when leaving my home's wifi network and getting onto the cellular network, there is a disconnect that causes the echo auto to have problems. Though this isn't a fault with the echo auto, it does affect how it's used. Second, because of the data connection issue, when my iPhone connects to my truck's bluetooth, it automatically starts playing the music saved on my phone. Once the data issue is resolved, I can tell alexa to start playing something else, but I have to wait until the data issue corrects itself. Finally, the only other issue I have with the device is when I plug by phone into the truck's usb charging port, the media input automatically switches to the usb and therefore stops playing. This can easily be resolved by using the power plug adapter instead of the USB ports, but I liked the look of not having another thing plugged in. All in all, the echo auto was a good purchase, and I am going to by 3 more for my wife and kids. The hands-free functionality is very nice!Read full review

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What Is Amazon Echo Auto?

If you find Amazon Echo and Alexa devices useful at home, you may find them helpful in your vehicle as well. The Amazon Echo Auto is a smart device that provides access to the Alexa voice assistant in your car. For less than $50, it brings modern functionality, such as navigation and hands-free music selection, to an older auto.

While the Echo Auto adds significant functionality to older cars, some of its features may be redundant in newer autos that come equipped with similar technology.

What Echo Auto Can Do

Echo Auto performs the following tasks in your vehicle:

  • Play or initiate music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Sirius XM, Audible audiobooks, podcasts, or NPR news.
  • Make phone calls.
  • Add or check reminders.
  • Add items to shopping lists.
  • Manage calendar appointments.
  • Get directions with Google Maps, Apple Maps, or Waze.
  • Find location-based destinations such as gas stations.
  • Trigger location-based routines and tasks based on places like your home or workplace.

How Does Echo Auto Work?

Echo Auto comes with a mount and micro USB cable, making it simple to set up on the dashboard and plug into the car's power source. Echo Auto is portable and can be moved between multiple vehicles.

To hear Alexa from the car speakers, connect it using either Bluetooth or the cable. If your vehicle lacks both Bluetooth and an auxiliary port, you may be able to connect Echo Auto to the speakers using a cassette adapter or FM transmitter.

The device's online connectivity and data come from your smartphone, so make sure it's capable of running the Alexa app.

Echo Auto includes eight microphones that listen for the Alexa wake word. The microphone array picks up voice commands over car-related sounds such as music, air conditioning, conversations, and outside noise.

Tap Into Alexa Skills From Your Car 

Beyond the built-in Echo Auto features, the Alexa ecosystem features over 50,000 skills from third-party developers that you can use inside the car. For example, ask Alexa to tell a story, play a game, or open the garage door, among many more things. As with your home Echo device, you can browse these skills within the Alexa app on your phone.

FAQ

  • First, turn on your car and set the stereo input to Bluetooth, then enable Bluetooth on your smartphone. Next, in the Alexa app, select More > Add a device > Amazon Echo > Echo Auto. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.

  • Press the Mute button, and then press and hold the Action button for 15 seconds until Alexa tells you that the device is resetting.

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Источник: https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-amazon-echo-auto-4176948

Amazon Echo Auto review: Smart companion for long car commutes

Amazon Echo Auto
Highlight: A smart speaker for car
Get it for: Rs 4,999


Phones are smart, TVs are smart, even bulbs and plugs have become smart but cars have largely remained ‘dumb’. Well, not anymore. Amazon’s Echo Auto intends to turn your not-so-smart car into a smart one by taking Alexafor a ride — just literally and not figuratively.

Amazon Echo Auto — as the name suggests — is designed for your car. It looks like a small boxed-size device like a Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate slab. There are eight microphones, which is the maximum number Amazonhas put in any Echo device. In the box, you get an array of stuff, including a 3.5 mm audio cable, a 12V car charger and an air-vent clamp.

If Alexa is the best friend of Echo, then your smartphone is the best friend of Echo Auto. You will need a smartphone as the Echo Auto is totally dependent on it for almost everything: from setting up to getting Alexa to perform tasks like playing music or navigation. We tried the Amazon Echo Autowith two cars, one with an infotainment system and the other which had the good old audio system. In the car with the infotainment system and a USB port, it is quite easy to get started. In case you don’t have a car charger, then there’s one inside the box.

The air-vent clamp can be used to fit in the Echo Auto and in our experience, it stayed firmly in place even on potholed roads. The Alexa app and your mobile data is what Echo relies on most as it doesn’t have a SIM or no Wi-Fi connectivity either. The sound quality depends on the music system you have in your car — the better the system the better experience you’ll have.

The air-vent clamp can be used to fit in the Echo Auto.

The air-vent clamp can be used to fit in the Echo Auto.


You can ask Alexa to make calls and even read and send messages. Or ask Alexa to find directions and it will rely on Google Maps and Apple Maps to tell you so. Want to play music? Just say “Alexa, play this XYZ playlist” and you don’t have to touch anything to get going.

The microphones work — even with windows rolled down and in a cacophonous street — very well and Alexa can hear without you actually hollering at it.

If you have a car that has an infotainment system and Apple CarPlay and Amazon Auto work on it, then the Echo Auto isn’t a smart buy. If you have a car that has a simple stereo system with no Bluetooth connectivity, then it makes sense to get Amazon’s latest Echo device.

(The writer is with gadgetsnow.com)

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Amazon Echo Auto: How Much Fun Are Voice Commands While Driving

In-vehicle experiences are not the same as they used to be a decade ago. The drastic evolution in vehicular technology can be accredited to auto makers around the globe. A large part of this, however, has also been made possible by technology majors who constantly worked upon in-car entertainment and connectivity features in vehicles.

Another tech major, and the largest one for that matter, has now introduced a new device to enhance this experience even further. Meet Amazon Echo Auto.

Now many of you would be aware of Amazon Echo already. Echo Auto is essentially an extension of the same, specifically designed for on-the-go experience in a vehicle. For those who find it new, the range of Echo devices by Amazon come as smart speakers that are able to perform several functions through voice commands.

Powering these, is a voice assistant named ‘Alexa’, just like Apple devices have ‘Siri’ and Tony Stark had ‘Jarvis’ and ‘Friday’ in the Iron Man franchise.

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So practically, all you have to do is give voice commands to the Echo Auto once it is in your car and the device will perform the related action. Sounds cool, right? Especially for those on the driving seat. No more taking your eyes off the road for touching any buttons or screens and just saying what you want and ‘thy shall be done’.

But how does it work? What do you need in your car to make it work? And does it solve any real issue that commuters face? We had all those questions in mind before we had a chance to experience the Echo Auto firsthand. After a drive with the device in our car, here is a recollection of our encounter with it.

How it looks in your car

If you ever had a chance to look at any other Amazon Echo device, you would have noted Amazon’s obsession with a perfectly round figure for its devices. The firm decided to go astray from this with the Echo Auto. Considering the device had to be mounted on a car’s AC vents, it had to be compact too.

So essentially, the Echo Auto turned out to be a flat piece of equipment on each of its sides with slightly curved edges, much like a bar of soap or rather a regular battery power bank. This is attached to a mount that fits into an AC vent.

Amazon Echo Auto

The setup is not yet complete though. To power the Echo Auto, you will have to keep it connected to a car charger at all times via a cord. Next to the power port on the device, there is an input for the aux to make it work just in case your car does not have a Bluetooth system.

As for the device itself, Amazon has embedded eight microphones at the top of it which surround just two click buttons - one to mute the microphones when not in use and another to give voice commands in case the device does not respond to a simple “Alexa”.

How it works

Once the above setup is complete, the Echo Auto practically works like any of its brethren. It is an Alexa on the go to keep you company while you move to and from destinations. So in essence, the rest of the journey will mostly be a verbal communication between you and the Echo Auto’s Alexa.

Let us take an example here. ‘Alexa, play songs by Kendrick Lamar’ is a voice command that I tried out on the go. Just like the Echo Dot I have back at home, the Echo Auto started playing songs from its library. A simple response to a straight-up question.

There is a difference here though. While the Echo Dot uses its own speakers to play music (by default), the Echo Auto is connected to the speaker system of your car. So the music that will play will be through your car’s system.

Naturally, the device will need to have an active internet connection to work. So that means you will have to keep your smartphone connected to it at all times. A bit of a bummer but more of a necessity here.

A point to note here is that the device has to be connected to two different systems for working. One, with the smartphone for an internet connection and another to the car’s audio system for its output.

What can it do?

On to the most important part, what all can the Echo Auto do? As mentioned earlier, it is much like any other Echo device and hence most of the actions are passed over from there. This includes playing songs, getting information, setting reminders, taking calls and messages on the go and action commands for the same functions, like ‘turn the volume down’. Don’t forget Alexa’s oh-so-hilarious jokes!

Amazon Echo Auto

There are some additional voice commands on the Echo Auto as well. These are specifically designed for the occupants of the car. Step-by-step Navigation is one of them, wherein Alexa can lead you to your preferred destination with turn-by-turn voice guide. You can also look for the nearest fuel stations, restaurants and even parking!

To make such rides fun, the Echo Auto has also been equipped with in-car entertainment actions. These include Bollywood trivias and other games for a group of people on a long drive.

The driving experience

In essence, the Echo Auto is able to do exactly what it is meant to - It can take the load off looking for buttons in the car’s in-built system, selecting songs on your phone or checking out the map on the go. Many of these functions require the driver to take his/ her eyes off the road. With the Echo Auto, that is not the case anymore.

The device helps with the voice commands too. It beeps once when it hears its name and then beeps again once it hears the command. So even if you are driving along, you don’t really have to look away from the road to see if it caught the command you gave in the first go. Hence, voice commands prove to be less of a distraction than actually interacting with a device.

Amazon Echo Auto

Worth it?

With all these features and functions, is the Amazon Echo Auto worth its price that stands at Rs 4,999? To answer that, we will have to take into consideration all the other devices that are able to perform similar functions and how, if or not, is the Echo Auto better than them? We will be answering this in a complete review of the device soon. For now, we can focus on the part that the Echo Auto is perfectly capable of performing the functions that it claims to do.

What is even more exciting is the fact that it works with any (or most of the car models), irrespective of the fact whether the system is Bluetooth enabled or not. The only exceptions are based on whether the AC vents of the car can support the Echo Auto’s mount or not. Amazon lists a total of four cars that do not support it which are - Toyota Camry (2015), Toyota Corolla (2017), Honda Civic (2013) and Honda CRV (2014)

Those compatible with the device can use it as a handy companion for drives and with our experience, we can easily say that if this is your first time using a voice assistant on the go, your drives will never be the same again! Watch this space for a complete review of the Echo Auto soon!

Источник: https://www.indiatimes.com/auto/alternative/amazon-echo-auto-how-fun-are-voice-commands-while-driving-with-alexa-504929.html

Amazon Echo Auto review: So... how dumb is your car?

My wife is practical. She always prefers to flip a switch or press a button, instead of asking Alexa or Google. And even though I’m the one who put a cheap smart speaker in every room of the house, I often have to agree: It’s usually more reliable to just whip out my phone when I want to arm an alarm, change the temperature, check email, look up facts, or the myriad other things a smart assistant can do.

But not in the car. When I’m driving, I want my eyes on the road — there’s too much at stake now that I’ve got a nearly three-year-old. That’s why I figured Amazon’s new Echo Auto might make life a touch easier.

For the promotional price of $25 (it’ll retail for $50) during this invite-only period, the Echo Auto is perhaps the most impressive home for Amazon’s voice assistant yet. What once took a tall cylindrical speaker, or at least a chunky hockey puck, now fits into the space of a couple matchboxes or perhaps a small chocolate-covered toffee slab. It’s got both 3.5mm and Bluetooth audio options to add Alexa to your car’s entertainment system, plus an eight-microphone array that’s so hardened against howling wind and road noise that Alexa can hear me when I’m going 70 on the freeway with the windows rolled down.

While it’s not Amazon’s first attempt to put Alexa in your car, it’s the first to come directly from Amazon — unlike the $50 Anker Roav Viva or the $150 Garmin Speak. But that doesn’t mean Amazon has given it the attention it needs to succeed.

Good Stuff

  • Good Bluetooth adapter / speakerphone
  • Can pick up voice commands over wind and music
  • Makes music requests easy

Bad Stuff

  • Alexa is really dumb about location
  • Doesn’t handle cellular handoffs well
  • Car-friendly skills need an overhaul

Buy for $24.99 from Amazon

The best part: if you’ve got an AUX jack in your car, the Echo Auto doubles as a Bluetooth audio adapter and speakerphone so you can easily stream music and take calls in your car — complete with a super-sticky washable dash mount, cables, and a powerful 12V adapter with a second 3.0A charging port for your phone. It works well enough that if you’re in the market, I’d argue it’s worth paying the $25 promo price for the Bluetooth adapter functionality alone.

And it is so, so handy for pulling up music on the go. Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, TuneIn, you name it — just ask and you’re immediately listening to your favorite artist, playlist, or song. My nearly three-year-old demands music constantly, and Echo Auto delivers almost every time I ask.

But the smarter your car already is, the less likely I’d recommend an Echo Auto to you.

Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge

It’s partly the flakiness. It already takes patience to formulate a request just right so that voice assistants like Alexa, Google, and Siri will give you what you want — but now, you’re at the mercy of your phone’s data connection, too. Every time I hit a dead zone, every time my phone disconnected from my home’s Wi-Fi or accidentally connected to a drive-by Starbucks hotspot, the Echo Auto crapped out. Plus, there were times that Alexa mysteriously forgot my saved locations or the reminders I’d asked it to send me, even with an excellent LTE signal.

But it’s mostly that Amazon has put remarkably little effort into improving the things you might actually want Alexa to do from a car, to the point some of the use cases it advertises on its website are laughably bad right now.

For instance, Amazon says you can “just ask” for the nearest gas station. Well, when I asked for the nearest gas station the answer was typically something like “Here are a few nearby gas stations: 1. Shell, 2. Chevron, 3. 76, 4. QuikStop,” which doesn’t give me the foggiest idea where any of them are or whether they’d actually be convenient.

When I asked for directions to my local Kaiser Hospital, I was directed to one in a town 25 miles away — even though the one I was actually looking for was roughly seven miles directly in front of me, on the exact road I was already traveling. It only ever pulled up a single Starbucks at a time, no matter how many were nearby. And although Alexa has no trouble pronouncing “Sheng Kee Bakery” when I ask for the nearest bakery, I must have asked a dozen times before she’d recognize that I actually wanted to go there.

“It hears you, it just doesn’t speak the language,” my wife exclaimed, the eighth time I asked Alexa when our favorite Japanese lunch spot, “Ringer Hut,” would be open*. But the language that Alexa’s missing isn’t Japanese — it’s the language of locations.

Google speaks that language. My phone’s Google Assistant got these same requests right every single time, even pulling them up on my phone’s screen so I could choose the right destination. While Echo Auto can also summon the maps app (Google Maps, Apple Maps, or Waze), it only does it after you’ve already plotted in a course to who knows where, and other skills don’t seem to use the phone’s screen at all.

Then there’s Amazon’s suggested “Alexa, let’s go on a road trip” prompt, which you might expect to launch some simple audio and game options, yes? Here’s how well that conversation went:

SEAN: Alexa, let’s go on a road trip.

ALEXA: I love road trips. I have new skills to keep you entertained. Would you like to try TuneIn Live?

Yes.

Thank you for your interest in TuneIn Live. We are not able to make subscription purchases on this device.

Alexa, let’s go on a road trip.

I love road trips. I have new skills to keep you entertained. You recently used TuneIn Live. Would you like to try that again?

No...

Would you like to try the Economist Espresso?

...Sure.

Here’s the Economist Espresso. Welcome to the Economist Espresso. I can tell you today’s agenda, the world in brief or quote of the day. How can I help?

What’s today’s agenda?

Weekend. We are closed today.

(exasperation)

Alexa, let’s go on a road trip.

I love road trips. I have new skills to keep you entertained. You recently used the Economist Espresso, would you like to try that again?

No.

Would you like to give TuneIn Live a try?

NO!

Would you like to try NPR?

(Google Maps tells me my turn is coming up)

Sorry, I’m having trouble understanding.

(long pause)

... Alexa, let’s go on a road trip.

After the same set of no’s, Alexa goes on to recommend a podcast search app which doesn’t recognize the names of my favorite podcasts, then CBS Breaking News, and when I say “no” to six bad suggestions in a row, Alexa finally says:

“All right.”

Amazon also advertises that you can use Alexa to open your garage door — even though that’s not possible with the most popular brand of smart garage door openers, which just so happens to be the same one Amazon partners with for its package delivery service that can totally open your garage door. There are a fewnicheones that do work, but guess which one I bought based on Amazon’s recommendation? Yeah. I was able to get Alexa to close it by using IFTTT as a middleman, but I can’t say it’d be worth the yearly fee (though there is a free promo) that Chamberlain charges for its IFTTT integration.

And while it was kind of novel to have Starbucks prep my “usual” one-pump light whip caramel Frappuccino just by asking Alexa during my commute, then pulling up to the drive-thru, it’s kind of ridiculous that’s the only thing the Starbucks skill can do 2.5 years after it was introduced, and no other notable restaurants appeared to have similar takeout skills when I went looking. Plus, the very next time I tried it, Alexa told me “Sorry, but I’m unable to take Starbucks orders at this time.”

Similarly, the Fandango skill initially made me optimistic by rattling off a list of nearby movie showtimes, only to tell me: “I can’t currently purchase movie tickets. Try using the Fandango website.”

None of this necessarily means you won’t be able to find useful things to do with Alexa if you’re a patient power user. I was able to triage my email — star, delete, reply — and check my calendar by voice, even if I found it downright creepy trusting Amazon with the ability to read and wipe my entire inbox or schedule.

Here’s a whole bunch of other things that did work for me:

  • Alexa, turn on the porch lights.
  • Alexa, arm my alarm. (I have a Ring Alarm system.)
  • Alexa, is my garage door closed? (I use a Ring contact sensor to measure that.)
  • Alexa, set the living room temperature to 77 degrees.
  • Alexa, navigate home. (Pulls up Google Maps on my Android phone.)
  • Alexa, call Grandma. (I had to share my contact list with Alexa first.)
  • Alexa, text [my wife] I love you. (SMS only works on Android phones.)
  • Alexa, add X to my to-do / shopping list.

You can also combine these with “when I get home” and “when I leave home”-style commands that use geofencing, though they were a bit touchy in my tests. Two reminders never got delivered, and twice I’d nearly finished parking inside my garage by the time Alexa remembered to flip on my porch lights.

But the real problem with Echo Auto today isn’t the mountain of minor frustrations — it’s that today’s smartphones, not to mention Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, set a bar that Amazon isn’t bothering to clear. Practically anything I can ask Alexa to do, my phone’s Google Assistant can do better (except interact with my Amazon smart home products). And there’s nothing keeping me from using the Alexa app for location-based smart home routines, either, bypassing the need to even utter a command in the car.

Compared to my Android phone, Echo Auto is simply a bit better at hearing me with the windows rolled down, or the music up loud.

Or if your beater is in desperate need of Bluetooth.

Amazon tells The Verge that anyone who signs up for an Echo Auto invite will be able to purchase it for the $25 promo price, even after it formally launches. The device I tested is a final retail product, purchased with my own money through the company’s invite program.

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Источник: https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/6/20754404/amazon-echo-auto-review-alexa-car-price-specs-features

Amazon Echo Auto: How Much Fun Are Voice Commands While Driving

In-vehicle experiences are not the same as they used to be a decade ago. The drastic evolution in vehicular technology can be accredited to auto makers around the globe. A large part of this, however, has also been made possible by technology majors who constantly worked upon in-car entertainment and connectivity features in vehicles.

Another tech major, and the largest one for that matter, has now introduced a new device to enhance this experience even further. Meet Amazon Echo Auto.

Now many of you would be aware of Amazon Echo already. Echo Auto is essentially an extension of the same, specifically designed for on-the-go experience in a vehicle. For those who find it new, the range of Echo devices by Amazon come as smart speakers that are able to perform several functions through voice commands.

Powering these, is a voice assistant named ‘Alexa’, just like Apple devices have ‘Siri’ and Tony Stark had ‘Jarvis’ and ‘Friday’ in the Iron Man franchise.

Amazon Echo AutoAmazon Echo Auto

So practically, all you have to do is give voice commands to the Echo Auto once it is in your amazon echo auto review and the device will perform the related action. Sounds cool, right? Especially for those on the driving seat. No more taking your eyes off the road for touching any buttons or screens and just saying what you want and ‘thy shall be done’.

But how does it work? What do you need amazon echo auto review your car to make it work? And does it solve any real issue that commuters face? We had all those questions in mind before we had a chance to experience the Echo Auto firsthand. After a drive with the device in our car, here is a amazon echo auto review of our encounter with it.

How it looks in your car

If you ever had a chance to look at any other Amazon Echo device, you would have noted Amazon’s obsession with a perfectly round figure for its devices. The firm decided to go astray from this with the Echo Auto. Considering the device had to be mounted on a car’s AC vents, it had to be compact too.

So essentially, the Echo Auto turned out to be a flat piece of equipment on each of its sides with slightly curved edges, much like a bar of soap or rather a regular battery power bank. This is attached to a mount that fits into an AC vent.

Amazon Echo Auto

The setup is not yet complete though. To power the Echo Auto, you will have to keep it connected to a car charger at all times via a cord. Next to the power port on the device, there is an input for the aux to make it work just in case your car does not have a Bluetooth system.

As for the device itself, Amazon has embedded eight microphones at the top of it which surround just two click buttons - one to mute the microphones when not in use and another to give voice commands in case the device does not respond to a simple “Alexa”.

How it works

Once the above setup is complete, the Echo Auto practically works like any of its brethren. It is an Alexa on the go to keep you company while you move to and from destinations. So in essence, the rest of the journey will mostly be a verbal communication between you and the Echo Auto’s Alexa.

Let us take an example here. ‘Alexa, play songs by Kendrick Lamar’ is a voice command that I tried out on the go. Just like the Echo Dot I have back at home, the Echo Auto started playing songs from its library. A simple response to a straight-up question.

There is a difference here though. While the Echo Dot uses its own speakers to play music (by default), the Echo Auto is connected to the speaker system of your car. So the music that will play will be through your car’s system.

Naturally, the device will need to have an active internet connection to work. So that means you will have to keep your smartphone connected to it at all times. A bit of a bummer but more of a necessity here.

A point to note here is that the device has to be connected to two different systems for working. One, with the smartphone for an internet connection and another to the car’s audio system for its output.

What can it do?

On to the most important part, what all can the Echo Auto do? As mentioned earlier, it is much like any other Echo device and hence most of the actions are passed over from there. This includes playing songs, getting information, setting reminders, taking calls and messages on the go and action commands for the same functions, like ‘turn the volume down’. Don’t forget Alexa’s oh-so-hilarious jokes!

Amazon Echo Auto

There are some additional voice commands on the Echo Auto as well. These are specifically designed for the occupants of the car. Step-by-step Navigation is one of them, wherein Alexa can lead you to your preferred destination with turn-by-turn voice guide. You can also look for the nearest fuel stations, restaurants and even parking!

To make such rides fun, the Echo Auto has also been equipped with in-car entertainment actions. These include Bollywood trivias and other games for a group of people on a long drive.

The driving experience

In essence, the Echo Amazon echo auto review is able to do exactly what it is meant to - It can take the load off looking for buttons in the car’s in-built system, selecting songs on your phone or checking out the map on the go. Many of these functions require the driver to take his/ her eyes off the road. With the Echo Auto, that is not the case anymore.

The device helps with the voice commands too. It beeps once when it hears its name and then beeps again once it hears the command. So even if you are driving along, you don’t really have to look away from the road to see amazon echo auto review it caught the command you gave in the first go. Hence, voice commands prove to be less of a distraction than actually interacting with a device.

Amazon Echo Auto

Worth it?

With all these features and functions, is the Amazon Echo Auto worth its price that stands at Rs 4,999? To answer that, we will have to take into consideration all the other devices that are able to perform similar functions and how, if or not, is the Echo Auto better than them? We will be answering this in a complete review of the device soon. For now, we can focus on the part that the Echo Auto is perfectly capable of performing the functions that it claims to do.

What is even more exciting is the fact that it works with any (or most of the car models), irrespective of the fact whether the system is Bluetooth enabled or not. The only exceptions are based on whether the AC vents of the desert financial federal credit union can support the Echo Auto’s mount or not. Amazon lists a total of four cars that do not support it which are - Toyota Camry (2015), Toyota Corolla (2017), Honda Civic (2013) and Honda CRV (2014)

Those compatible with the device can use it as a handy companion for drives and with our experience, we can easily say that if this is your first time using a voice assistant on the go, your drives will never be the same again! Watch this space for a complete review of the Echo Auto soon!

Источник: https://www.indiatimes.com/auto/alternative/amazon-echo-auto-how-fun-are-voice-commands-while-driving-with-alexa-504929.html

What Is Amazon Echo Auto?

If you find Amazon Echo and Alexa devices useful at home, you may find them helpful in your vehicle as well. The Amazon Echo Auto is a smart device that provides access to the Alexa voice assistant in your car. For less than $50, it brings modern functionality, such as navigation and hands-free music selection, to an older auto.

While the Echo Auto adds significant functionality to older cars, some of its features may be redundant in newer autos that come equipped with similar technology.

What Echo Auto Can Do

Echo Auto performs the following tasks in your vehicle:

  • Play or initiate music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Sirius XM, Audible audiobooks, podcasts, or NPR news.
  • Make phone calls.
  • Add or check reminders.
  • Add items to shopping lists.
  • Manage calendar appointments.
  • Get directions with Google Maps, Apple Maps, or Waze.
  • Find location-based destinations such as gas stations.
  • Trigger location-based routines and tasks based on places like your home or workplace.

How Does Echo Auto Work?

Echo Auto comes with a mount and micro USB cable, making it simple to set up on the dashboard and plug into the car's power source. Echo Auto is portable and can be moved between multiple vehicles.

To hear Alexa from the car speakers, connect it using either Bluetooth or the cable. If your vehicle lacks both Bluetooth and an auxiliary port, you may be able to connect Echo Auto to the speakers using a cassette adapter or FM transmitter.

The device's online connectivity and data come from your smartphone, so make sure it's capable of running the Alexa app.

Echo Auto includes eight microphones that listen for the Alexa wake word. The microphone array picks up voice commands over car-related sounds such as music, air conditioning, conversations, and outside noise.

Tap Into Alexa Skills From Your Car 

Beyond the built-in Echo Auto features, the Alexa ecosystem features over 50,000 skills from third-party developers that you can use inside the car. For example, ask Alexa to tell a story, play a game, or open the garage door, among many more things. As with your home Echo device, you can browse these skills within the Alexa app on your phone.

FAQ

  • First, turn on your car and set the stereo input to Bluetooth, then enable Bluetooth on your smartphone. Next, in the Alexa app, select More > Add a device > Amazon Echo > Echo Auto. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.

  • Press the Mute button, and then press and hold the Action button for 15 seconds until Alexa tells you that the device is resetting.

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The Complete Amazon Echo Auto for Rideshare Drivers

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With passengers in your vehicle, as well as cars and pedestrians all around you, safety is always paramount on the road. In order to amazon echo auto review both hands on the wheel, you need car accessories to help you keep your hands off your smartphone during your full days of driving. Amazon’s new Echo Auto is the latest product that’s creating a safer and more enjoyable rideshare experience.

With drivers increasingly using Siri, Bixby, and all of the best navigation apps for hands-free assistance, it’s easy to see where Alexa, the virtual assistant developed by Amazon, fit into the automotive industry. After over a year of development, Amazon has finally released its first Echo device built especially for in-car usage. Now, you can depend on Alexa to help you at home and while you’re earning.

In this article, we’ll further describe how Echo Auto works and what it can help amazon echo auto review with. We’ll also do a rundown of its major pros and cons, so you can decide if you’re ready to purchase.


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What Is Amazon’s Echo Amazon echo auto review Auto is a voice assistant that’s designed for you to use in your car. Currently retailing for $49.99, the device is equipped with eight microphones and far-field speech recognition to hear you over the sound of your AC, music, and road noise. When you call its wake word — “Alexa” or “Echo” — it’ll light up just like the device you’re used to keeping in your living room.

In this sense, the device is basically a downsized version of the original, home-based Amazon Echo devices. It still enables you to make calls, set reminders, play music, and much more just by connecting to the Alexa app, but it’s significantly smaller. The iPod-sized Echo Auto is the perfect size to connect to compatible air vents or simply set on top of your dashboard during your drive.

In addition to the main Echo Auto device, your product will come with an in-car power adapter, a micro-USB cable, and a quick start guide. It also comes with an optional air vent mount and an auxiliary cable, which must be used if your car stereo doesn’t support Bluetooth 4.0 or higher.

How Does Echo Auto Work?

Connecting Echo Auto to your vehicle is easy using the accessories provided in your package. All you need to do is plug your device into the auxiliary port, or connect it to your car stereo using Bluetooth, then turn on Bluetooth on your smartphone to connect the device to your Alexa app. Once this process is complete, you can start giving Alexa commands via voice control and hear the device playback through your car speakers.

The Echo Auto does require you to keep your data on at all times when in use. This shouldn’t be a problem for rideshare drivers, since you’re already keeping your data on for your Uber or Lyft app, but be aware that you may use a bit more data than usual because of the device.

5 Best Echo Auto Features for Rideshare Drivers

While Echo Auto’s features aren’t entirely unique from other Alexa devices, there are some features that are particularly well-suited for when you’re on the go. Here are our five favorite functions that the new device offers:

1. Hands-Off Navigation

Just by using voice control, you can get directions from Alexa to just about anywhere, including your pick-up and drop-off destinations. Echo Auto connects with some of the best navigation apps, including Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze to help you get lafayette bank and trust flora you need to go as efficiently as possible.

We recommend double checking which app is your default navigation tool on your smartphone before you drive, as this will be the app your device gets real-time directions from.

2. GasBuddy Skill

Echo Auto is equipped with thousands of skills, with one of the most useful being its ability to find the cheapest gas near you.

While you’re driving, you can simply say, “Alexa, ask GasBuddy where the cheapest gas is.” Your voice assistant will then tell you about prices at gas stations in your area based on current data from GasBuddy. This skill can save you hundreds in the long run by helping you decrease your expenses each time you fill up.

3. Music Streaming

Your passengers won’t always want to listen to what’s on the radio. Echo Auto allows you to expand your playlist options by connecting you to a long list of music, podcast, and even audiobook streaming services.

In addition to tuning in to your local radio on command, you can connect to services like Spotify, Amazon Music, and Apple Music. You and your passengers will have more choices than ever.

4. Hands-Free Calls

With Echo Auto, you can easily start a phone call without touching your smartphone. While this feature likely won’t be much help for calling your passengers — Alexa can’t pull numbers from your rideshare app — it’s a great option when you need to call your child’s daycare or even roadside assistance while you’re still driving.

Echo Auto even has built-in skills for some roadside assistance providers to make your service even easier to access.

5. Mics Off Feature

Occasionally, you may get a rider who is uncomfortable with a device listening in with the ability to record conversations. Echo Auto actually allows you to press the microphone button on the device to immediately shut off its mics. This does prevent you from using the device’s hands-off features during that trip, but it’s a great feature to help you show goodwill toward your riders’ desire for privacy.

Amazon Echo Auto Pros and Cons

If you have a newer car that’s already equipped with its own tech accessories, there may be one major question looming in your mind: Why do I need an Echo Auto? The best answer we can give you is that chase bank amarillo jobs Echo Auto can make your driving experience completely hands-free, limiting your interactions on your cell phone or car monitor. However, the device doesn’t exactly provide enough features to make it a complete game-changer by any means.

Echo Auto is infinitely more useful to car owners who have vehicles with limited functions and want to add safe online features to use while driving rideshare passengers around the city. Still, even for owners of older car models, this device isn’t anything fancy. Connecting your smartphone to an AUX cord and cell phone car mount then enabling its built-in voice assistant can help you safely access similar features. Your smartphone may arguably be fancier, since it has a screen, unlike the Echo Auto.

The biggest perk of Echo Auto as a rideshare driver is delighting your passengers with the ability to control their own ride just by saying a wake word and command. This isn’t guaranteed to get you higher tips, but is a great way to keep your five-star rating as long as the rest of the ride goes well. It’s also a generally well-built tool that doesn’t have any known bugs or issues, and is discreet enough for you to avoid car theft, even when it’s left out.

Amazon’s Echo Auto is more of an add-on accessory that you should buy if you have the money to spare or if you have a smart home system at home that you want to easily control between trips. Otherwise, it may not be worth the $50 price tag. You’ll be better off waiting for a sale.

Frequently Asked Questions

Echo Auto is a unique device that allows you to take Amazon Alexa with you on the road. If you still want to learn more before making your final purchasing decision, consider these answers to frequently asked questions:

1. Do I need Amazon Prime to use Echo Auto?

Anyone can use Echo devices, with or without Amazon Prime. The only requirement is that you must have an Amazon account, which you’re likely ordering your device off of anyway.

The biggest difference that Echo Auto users will experience without Amazon Prime is a lack of access to the complete Prime Music library. However, since you’ll still be able to connect to the radio and other music streaming services, this shouldn’t have a major effect on your Echo Auto experience.

2. Is Echo Auto compatible with all cars?

Amazon Echo Auto is compatible with all vehicles that have auxiliary input jacks. However, if you’d prefer to use a Bluetooth connection, these common vehicles won’t be able to pair with your Echo Auto device.

3. Is Echo Auto compatible with all smartphones?

Almost all newer smartphone models, including Androids and iPhones, are compatible with Echo Auto. However, these popular devices won’t be able to connect with Echo on-the-go devices.

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

As car manufacturers continue to add tech features to new vehicles, only time will tell whether or not Echo Auto will withstand the test of time. For now, the product is a good option for getting hands-free voice assistance for just about any of your internet or phone-based needs while driving. Bringing Alexa with you as your co-pilot can keep you and your passengers safer, with the added touch of novelty.

If you’re willing to spend a bit more on your next auto accessory, a dash cam can save you thousands when you get into a car accident or get rowdy passengers who damage your vehicle interior. Check out our list of the best dash cams for Uber and Lyft to make your smartest purchase yet.

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Brett Helling is the owner of Ridester.com. He has been a rideshare driver since early 2012, having completed hundreds of trips for companies including Uber, Lyft, and Postmates. In 2014 he acquired Ridester.com to share his experiences with other drivers. His insights are regularly quoted by publications such as Forbes, Vice, CNBC, and more. He is currently working on a book about working in the Gig Economy, expanding his skill set beyond the rideshare niche. Read more about Brett here.

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From looking at Amazon's Deal of the Day page, it looks like the Echo Auto is being discounted at $30 off for just $19.99 right now. The device allows you to connect to the Alexa app on your phone and plays through your car’s speakers through the auxiliary or Bluetooth connection. A few of its specs can be seen below.

  • Eight microphone array. Supports auxiliary audio output.
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  • 1.6 oz (45 grams)

In addition, Amazon is also offering a purchase option that includes six months of Amazon Music for free, or you can pick the "device only" option which costs the same.

The Echo Auto connects to most cars that support Bluetooth to play music or that have an auxiliary input. If using Bluetooth, some vehicles do not work well with Echo Auto, so you should check first here if your car is supported.

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Amazon Echo Auto review: Smart companion for long car commutes

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Phones are smart, TVs are smart, even bulbs and plugs have become smart but cars have largely remained ‘dumb’. Well, not anymore. Amazon’s Echo Auto intends to turn your not-so-smart car into a smart one by taking Alexafor a ride — just literally and not figuratively.

Amazon Echo Auto — as the name suggests — is designed for your car. It looks like a small boxed-size device like a Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate slab. There are eight microphones, which is the maximum number Amazonhas put in any Echo device. In the box, you get an array of stuff, including a 3.5 mm audio cable, a 12V car charger and an air-vent clamp.

If Alexa is the best friend of Echo, then your smartphone is the best friend of Echo Auto. You will need a smartphone as the Echo Auto is totally dependent on it for almost everything: from setting up to getting Alexa to perform tasks like playing music or navigation. We tried the Amazon Echo Autowith two cars, one with an infotainment system and the other which had the good old audio system. In the car with the infotainment system and a USB port, it is quite easy to get started. In case you don’t have a car charger, then there’s one inside the box.

The air-vent clamp can be used to fit in the Echo Auto and in our experience, it stayed firmly in place even on potholed roads. The Alexa app and your mobile data is what Echo relies on most as it doesn’t have a SIM or no Wi-Fi connectivity either. The sound quality depends on the music system you have in your car — the better the system the better experience you’ll have.

The air-vent clamp can be used to fit in the Echo Auto.

The air-vent clamp can be used to fit in the Echo Auto.


You can ask Alexa to make calls and even read and send messages. Or ask Alexa to find directions and it will rely on Google Maps and Apple Maps to tell you so. Want to play music? Just say “Alexa, play this XYZ playlist” and you don’t have to touch anything to get going.

The microphones work — even with windows rolled down and in a cacophonous street — very well and Alexa can hear without you actually hollering at it.

If you have a car that has an infotainment system and Apple CarPlay and Amazon Auto work on it, then the Echo Auto isn’t a smart buy. If you have a car that has a simple stereo system with no Bluetooth connectivity, then it makes sense to get Amazon’s latest Echo device.

(The writer is with gadgetsnow.com)

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