Using Amazon’s Alexa in your smart home can save time by making your daily routines much more efficient, but sometimes it would be nice to take Alexa out of the home with you.
This is certainly the case on the road, where keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road is the best way to avoid collisions. Luckily there are ways to use Alexa in your car.
Here are some of the best and most convenient ways to take Alexa with you on the road.
Alexa in the car: Echo Dot
Perhaps the easiest way to get Alexa in your car is to use the hardware you already have. Your options are limited to the Amazon Echo Dot, which you can connect to your car via Bluetooth.
That’s all there is to it. You now have Alexa in your car. But it’s not ideal.
The Echo Dot is small, but it’s not designed to fit into your car particularly conveniently. It also needs a power source if you plan on driving long distances, not to mention internet access (but it’ll piggyback on your cell phone’s data just fine).
If you’re in a rush and just want something that works, the Echo Dot will give you that much.
Alexa in the car: Garmin Speak
The Garmin Speak is one of the more popular options, which makes a lot of sense. Last year, Garmin, a navigation company, partnered with Amazon to develop a smart assistant specifically for use in cars, and with Alexa in-car service.
The windshield mounted device connects you to Alexa in your car and offers navigation assistance via a satnav specialist.
While the Garmin Speak is probably the best and most convenient option for getting Alexa’s voice commands into your car, it’s not cheap. It goes for $150 on Amazon, though you can get it for $100 at the moment. (Compare that to the Echo Dot, which goes for just $50.)
Alexa in the car: Roav Viva
Another Alexa-enabled device, the Roav Viva essentially mimics an Echo Dot. Unlike the Echo Dot, though, it’s very clearly designed with in-car use in mind.
While the Dot is usually kept in a home, a good Alexa-enabled car device needs to take into account certain car-specific realities.
First is noise. When you hit the highway, things get a little louder than your typical living room, and the Roav Viva has noise cancellation and dual high-sensitivity silicon-MEMS microphones to make sure you actually hear Alexa when she tells you how close you are to your destination (and that she hears you ask).
The Roav Viva also has industrial-grade temperature resistance, so letting it overheat in a sunny parking space or chill out on a cold winter day won’t keep you from chatting with Alexa.
Get yours for just $50 on Amazon to take Alexa in your car with you.
Alexa in the car: Logitech ZeroTouch
If you’re more interested in keeping everything centralized in your phone, Logitech’s ZeroTouch system may be the thing for you.
With ZeroTouch, you’ll have to purchase a magnetized vent mount for your Android smartphone and download the free ZeroTouch app. Then you’re good to go. From the app, you can control music, messaging, calls, and navigation, all hands-free. And it’s compatible with Alexa, so you can keep using your same, trusted assistant.
At $12, this is certainly a cheap and easy option. You could even skip the mount, but at that price, it seems wise to just invest and avoid fumbling with your phone while you’re trying to drive — that’s the whole point, after all.
Those are our tips for getting Alexa into your car and having access to all her knowledge and wisdom while you drive safely.
Have you found other ways to keep Alexa close on the road? Let us know in the comments!