AMAZON has finally launched Echo Auto in the UK – letting you put Alexa in your car.
It means any car without the digital assistant built-in as standard can get an upgrade for just under £50.
Amazon’s Alexa virtual helper is usually confined to stay-at-home speakers.
But the Echo Auto connects to your car, with all the same tricks as Alexa proper.
She’s powered by your cars 12V power outlet or USB port.
And Alexa hooks up to your speaker system using a 3.5mm audio jack or Bluetooth.
That means it won’t work on older cars without a way to link it up to your car’s speakers.
You’ll also need to link her up to the Alexa app on your smartphone, so she can gain access to mobile internet.
The Echo Auto launched last year in the US, and is already heavily discounted – with a 40% sale currently over there.
But Brits will pay the full £49.99 when the gadget launches today.
Some cars already come with Alexa built-in, so this is a great option for anyone with an older model – or one without the fancy Amazon tech.
“Customers tell us they want to take Alexa with them everywhere they go,” said Amazons Eric Saarnio.
“We’re delighted to offer them an easy way to add Alexa to the car they already own.”
Just like regular Alexa speakers, the Echo Auto can tell you about the news or weather, make appointments and play music.
She can also use third-party Skills, like letting you order a Domino’s pizza – or even turning the smart heating on at your home.
Another handy trick that would work well in the car is Alexa’s ability to play audiobooks.
She can play back proper audiobooks, or read your Kindle books aloud in her own voice.
Amazon says that the Auto comes equipped with a custom eight-microphone array, which is designed to pick up your voice in the awkward and loud vehicle environment.
The Echo Auto is available right now on Amazon’s UK website.
But you can also bag it from Argos, Dixons and Very for the same price.
In other news, we’ve revealed the very best Alexa skills.
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