Amazon Alexa is now available for cars in Ireland
"Alexa, are there any takeaways on my way home?"
Amazon is bringing Alexa to Irish cars with the launch of Echo Auto in Ireland, a device designed to bring Alexa voice commands to vehicles where it wouldn't normally be an option.
The move means users will be able to give Alexa voice commands in the car, such as asking it to play music, make phone calls and even control devices in your home from your car.
It connects to your stereo system through a 3.5 mm audio jack or Bluetooth, and is powered by your car's 12V power outlet or integrated USB port.
It gets internet connectivity through the Alexa app on your smartphone and uses your existing phone’s data plan.
Amazon said the device has an eight-microphone set-up designed to enable it to pick up voice commands, despite what it calls challenging in-car acoustics, and the device will be able to hear commands over music, air conditioning and ambient road noise.
“Customers tell us they want to take Alexa with them everywhere they go," said Eric Saarnio, Vice President, Amazon Devices EU.
"We’re delighted to offer them an easy way to add Alexa to the car they already own.
“With Echo Auto, customers can now enjoy the convenience of Alexa on the road, giving them the ability to play music, make calls, continue their audiobook, play games, manage their reminders and more—all just by using their voice.”
Echo Auto is available from today on Amazon as well as Argos, Dixons and Very.co.uk for £49.99, with the price being converted to euro at checkout.