Amazon Australia has announced it is now accepting pre-orders for Echo Auto in Australia.
The first Echo device designed for use on the road, Echo Auto lets you have Alexa as your driving companion, whether in your car, van or truck, for your daily commute or your weekend drive to visit family and friends.
With the average age of vehicles being 10+ years in Australia, the Echo Auto offers an inexpensive way to upgrade your car and benefit from a more modern experience with the power of voice.
Echo Auto gives Aussies the ability to take Alexa on the road with the some of the following example uses:
- Listen to an audiobook via Audible while you sit bored in traffic
- Ask Alexa to play Today’s Hit
- Ask Alexa to read you the news
- Ask Alexa to read your grocery list to you or manage your calendar
- Control your compatible smart home devices, using Alexa to announce to the family you’re nearly home, or turn off the lights if you’ve forgotten.
“Under the hood” of the Echo Auto device is a custom-designed eight-microphone array (Mediatek MT7697, Intel Dual DSP with Inference Engine) which has been designed to account for challenging in-car acoustics, enabling Alexa to hear utterances over music, aircon, and road noise.
Echo Auto is Powered by your car’s 12V power outlet or integrated USB port and it connects to your car radio system through a 3.5 mm audio jack or Bluetooth. Instead of accessing the internet directly, Echo Auto connects to Alexa through the Alexa app on your smartphone and uses your mobile data to access a range of Alexa features.
Echo Auto is available for pre-order in Australia from May 20 for RRP $79. Echo Auto will ship to customers from June 10 and will be available online and from leading retailers. For more information, customers can visit www.amazon.com.au/echoauto.