Garmin Speak Plus with Amazon Alexa, built-in dash cam for vehicles announced at CES 2018 - <b>Technical Lobby</b>

Monday, January 8, 2018

Garmin Speak Plus with Amazon Alexa, built-in dash cam for vehicles announced at CES 2018

NEW DELHI: Garmin started at CES 2018, with the launch of its first smartwatch that offers support for offline music listening. The company has now announced Garmin Speak Plus with Amazon Alexa, built-in dash cam for vehicles. The in-vehicle device is enabled with Amazon's cloud-based Alexa voice service for hands-free access to music, news briefings, sports scores, and exclusive GPS navigation from Garmin, and much more.

Garmin Speak Plus

Speaking about the same, Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales, said, "The Garmin Speak Plus is an easy way to bring Amazon Alexa's popular functionality to your car. Just as Amazon continues to enhance Alexa's voice service with exciting new skills, Garmin creatively merges its world-renowned GPS navigation and camera technology with the Speak Plus. The added dash cam is discreet yet provides invaluable peace of mind to drivers who want an extra set of eyes with them in case an incident occurs."

The company also revealed that Garmin Speak Plus will automatically record and save files when an incident is detected, and introduces advanced driver assistance features that include Forward Collision and Lane Departure Warnings.

The new dash cam gives Garmin Speak Plus users increased awareness on the road. It offers helpful alerts like Forward Collision Warnings that lets drivers know if they're too close to the vehicle ahead; Lane Departure Warnings if the driver drifts off the road or into oncoming traffic; and "Go Alerts" to notify drivers when stopped traffic ahead begins to move. At just an inch and a half in size, the compact Garmin Speak Plus features a familiar LED light ring - reminiscent of the Amazon Echo - and a bright OLED display showing lane guidance arrows to guide drivers to their destination, and unobtrusively secures to a vehicle's windshield with a magnetic mount for easy stow and go.

Garmin Speak Plus works in association with the Garmin Speak app and a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone with a suitable cellular data connection. The company has priced the device at $229.99 and it will be available in the market starting mid-February.
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