US retail giant Amazon is bringing Echo Auto to Australia, giving drivers the opportunity to upgrade their car’s entertainment system by adding Alexa personal assistant to their car.
In Australia, the average age of a private vehicle is 10-11 years old, and therefore there are many vehicles that do not have entertainment systems we take for granted in new vehicles, such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The Amazon Echo Auto solves this problem for those not about to shell out for a new vehicle, by connecting to your vehicles Bluetooth or via an 3.5mm audio jack.
“We want you to have access to Alexa everywhere—in your kitchen, in your living room, in your office, and now in your car or truck,” said Tom Taylor, senior VP for Amazon Alexa, in a statement when the Echo Auto was launched in 2018.
Priced at $79, it promises to be a cost effective way of giving drivers voice control over music, messages, calendars and maps and more.
Using voice control, the risk of getting distracted by trying to choose music or follow navigation is reduced.
Instead, using Echo Auto a driver can organise a calendar, select a playlist, set a reminder, send a message and even set a routine to turn your porch lights on when you get home in the dark – all while keeping your eyes on the road.
Bridie Schmidt specialises in writing about new technology and how it can help solve the problems of carbon emissions and climate change. With a degree in Communications from Macquarie University, and 20 years experience in front end web development, she has freelanced as a web and graphic designer since 2001. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018, has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. You can email Bridie at [email protected]techrioter.com.