Echo Auto is now in its second generation and has the tagline: Add Alexa to your car.
Natural voice activation is the key to communicating with the devices in your car. Asking Siri or Google to play tracks has become more accessible with an Android headunit, Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto. Amazon Alexa steps this up a gear with its new Echo Auto.
Positioning and quality of the microphone have always been an issue with calls and voice activation. In the essential design criteria of the Amazon devices, the microphones employed in the Echos have multiples of great quality microphones built in. The Echo Auto boasts five microphones built with clever programming to make the best of each. But not only is the quality and quantity of the listening feature important, but its positioning within the vehicle also makes a big difference.
Flexibility of fitting
The extended USB lead lets you fit the Echo Auto nearer the driver’s mouth. This helps the microphones pick up your voice over the background noises of the music playing or intrusive road or engine noise. The supplied base has an adhesive that can stick to a hard plastic area to keep the Amazon assistant firmly in place.
The supplied power socket to the USB adaptor can power the Echo Auto and is Quick Charge 3.0 certified for fast charging your phone. The Alexa device can also be attached to your in-car USB port; the choice of connectivity is up to you.
The Echo Auto will Bluetooth to your car stereo to stream the sounds it can generate, the music it can play, and the answers it can give you. A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) is supported for audio streaming, HFP (Hands-Free Profile) supports making and receiving calls, and iPod Accessory Protocol for Bluetooth connectivity to iPhones. The Echo device for your car has the connectivity options it needs to help you along your journey.
Classic Alexa Control
The Echo Auto has the same Classic Alexa voice control. Switching lights on or off at home while you drive brings this convenience to another level. Depending on which Alexa-compatible devices you use at home, you have the same control over them for the car as you do on your Amazon Echo, Dot, or Show.
The new Echo Auto is big on privacy. From a switch on the unit to disable its microphones to be able to view, hear and delete recordings from within the app. Amazon has made it much easier to exercise your privacy with this new Echo Auto in-car Alexa device.
On the Road Features
Echo Auto has some driver-friendly only features available. From asking Alexa for help because you have run out of gas or the engine has stopped, and you have broken down. Ask Alexa for help, and you can be connected to a natural person to help you get the assistance you need.
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