Alexa in the Car
Amazon Echo AutoThe Amazon Echo auto is a new addition to the Echo family. Now, users can benefit from Alexa in their car, as she can virtually act as your co-pilot. The Echo auto is controlled by your voice, just like all Echo products, and can play music through your car’s speakers, read news to you, open garage doors, act as a GPS (mapping system), set reminders, and so much more. The Amazon Echo auto has not yet been released, but it’s already one of the most exciting new devices to join the Alexa family.Check Price
- Has the ability to hear you over loud noises, such as your A/C, music, and road noise.
- Users have hands-free control over a ton of different features.
- Uses data from your smartphone. Depending your data plan / smartphone, this could be problematic for some users.
Amazon Echo Auto Design
The Amazon Echo Auto looks to have quite the compact design. Although this item has not yet been released by Amazon, it seems as if the design is in line with most other Echo products, generally speaking.
Here are some of the commonalities we see with the Echo Auto:
The Echo Auto uses a blue light bar to let you know when it is listening and responding to you. Additionally, there is an action button and mute button on the top of the Echo Auto, which is the same design utilized by the 1st generation Echo and Echo Plus.
RELATED – See our Echo Plus review here
The only other items located on the top of the Echo Auto is an 8-microphone array, which is designed to hear you from all angles of the car (and over the top of car / road noise).
How does it get power?
Along the side of the Amazon Echo Auto is a Micro-USB power port, which can plug into your vehicle’s power ports. Once your car turns on, the Echo Auto will power up.
Is the Echo Auto noticeable?
From what we can tell, the Echo Auto seems to be small enough to not be a distraction. Amazon recommends installing this Echo product on the dashboard of your car, which means they had to be certain it would not be a distraction for drivers.
Size & Dimensions
As noted above, the Amazon Echo Auto is not a large device. It sits at 3.3″ long, 1.9″ wide, and 0.5″ tall. This size seems to be the appropriate fit for resting on the dashboard of a vehicle.
- Length – 3.3″
- Width – 1.9″
- Height – 0.5″
- Weight – 1.6 oz (45 grams)
Unfortunately, the Amazon Echo Auto has not yet been released. Amazon has noted that the Echo Auto will be released later in 2018. That said, we would anticipate it being released around Black Friday or Christmas.
What to expect?
Based off of the description Amazon has given about its new Echo Auto, there are some good features to be expected:
- Hands-free voice control
- Stream music
- Use as a GPS / locator
- Set location-based routines
- Control your smart home items (like Nest and Ecobee smart thermostats)
- 50,000+ skills
All in all, you can expect to see the Echo Auto act in a manner similar to all other Echo products offered by Amazon. The skill set is the same as most other Echo products.
Is it Bluetooth compatible?
The Amazon Echo Auto is indeed Bluetooth compatible. If your vehicle supports Bluetooth, the Echo Auto can connect to the Bluetooth through the Alexa app on your smartphone.
On the other hand, if your car does not support Bluetooth, you do have the option of connecting the Echo Auto to your car via an auxiliary cord. The Echo Auto contains a 3.5mm audio output, which is where the auxiliary cord will plug in.
RELATED – Read our Echo Sub review (for even better music control at home)
What all is included with the Echo Auto?
Within the box, included is the:
- Echo Auto
- Dash mount
- Power adapter
- Micro-USB cable
- Auxiliary cable
- Quick start guide
Everything you need to get this device up and running is included with the purchase.
Once again, we have not had the opportunity to test the Echo Auto, but we do presume that it is easy to use based on our experience with other Amazon Echo products.
Let’s take a look at the set up:
Based off of everything Amazon has shared about the Echo Auto, the set up seems simple. Plug it in, mount it to your dashboard, and link it to your phone / car through the Alexa app.
Once you have the device set up, you can begin using it whenever you’re in your vehicle!
In the end…
While we are super excited to test the Echo Auto after it is released, we do believe this is another Amazon Echo device that will be as solid as any other Echo device.
Echo Auto a Good Value?
This is a bit of a tough question to answer at this time, but based off of the price and features we have seen that work with the Echo Auto, it seems to be a solid value.
Having Alexa in your car is cool as is, but the fact that you can control so much more than just your music and news is extremely satisfying. We do believe the Echo Auto is gong to be one of the better valued Amazon Echo devices available today.
All things considered…
The Echo Auto is a heavily anticipated item that a wide variety of people seem to be excited about. As soon as the device is available we will order one and put it through the Modern Castle testing series. Be sure to check back for an updated review once the Echo Auto is released.
Amazon Echo Auto Specifications
Below is a table showing the full list of specifications of the Amazon Echo auto:
|Specifications||Amazon Echo Auto|
|Type||Car Virtual Assistant|
|Cordless||Cordless speaker operation, but requires power cord|
Who Should Buy the Amazon Echo Auto?
The Amazon Echo Auto is one of the coolest Echo products, in our opinion. The Echo Auto has not yet been released by Amazon, but the features, skills, and options offered by the Echo Auto are quite impressive and could be nice addition to any vehicle.
I would recommend the Amazon Echo Auto if you’re looking for the following features in a car virtual assistant:
- Want to have Alexa in your car – By adding the Echo Auto to your car you’ll have the option of speaking to Alexa directly from your vehicle. Once mounted on your dash, you can utilize all of her skills and features by voice.
- Want to have hands-free access to tons of Alexa features and skills – As a voice controlled device, the Amazon Echo Auto gives you completely hands-free control over your music, GPS, news updates, and many more impressive skills offered by Alexa.
- Like the idea of connecting your car to your smart home – Although this Echo Auto is designed for your car, it is a part of the Echo family which means you have the option of controlling your smart home items through your car (when within reach).
For more information on the Amazon Echo auto, see here.