Latest in Gear

Image credit:

Garmin Speak Plus mixes Amazon Alexa with a dash cam

Talk to your car and record your trip at the same time.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
January 8, 2018
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Garmin

Don't think it's enough to have Amazon Alexa in your car? Garmin thinks it has a better proposition: throw in a dash cam. Its new Speak Plus includes the same voice assistant that offers directions, music playback and other hands-free controls, but it also tucks in a camera that can both record "incidents" (read: collisions) and deliver alerts. It'll warn you if you're too close to a car, if you're drifting out of your lane or if that gridlocked traffic has finally started moving.

The Plus continues to pair with your smartphone to get online, and can use either Bluetooth or an aux cable to pipe music to your car's audio system. An OLED screen provides basic navigation details so you don't miss a turn.

Not surprisingly, the addition of the camera raises the price. The Speak Plus will sell for $230 when it ships in mid-February ($200 if you pre-order by February 10th), or well over the $150 for the original Speak. But it might make more sense. Many people are content with mounting their phone and using its built-in assistant, and there's not much point to Speak if you have a vehicle with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. However, dash cams are a different story -- this gives you some useful safety and insurance features in addition to keeping your eyes on the road while you drive to an unfamiliar destination.

Garmin Speak Plus

Click here to catch up on the latest news from CES 2018.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

View
Disney has no idea what it's doing with 'Mulan'

Disney has no idea what it's doing with 'Mulan'

View
Google is done with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

Google is done with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

View
Sony WH-1000XM4 review: The best just got better

Sony WH-1000XM4 review: The best just got better

View
Scientists rename genes because Microsoft Excel reads them as dates

Scientists rename genes because Microsoft Excel reads them as dates

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr