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The Amazon Echo Auto is a smart device that provides access to the Alexa voice assistant in your car. For less than $50, it brings modern functionality, like navigation and hands-free music selection, to an older auto .
At its heart, the Echo Auto delivers that Alexa experience – ease of communication, great delivery of your music, and easy access to any other services that you’ve hooked up via Alexa. Echo Auto is a definite win for those wanting to make their car smarter.
The Echo Auto does have a speaker inside, but it’s only used for setup and error messages. Otherwise, once it’s connected to your phone and your car, that’s where the audio will come from, depending on what the Echo Auto is doing.
It connects to the internet via your smartphone and is powered via a micro-USB cable that plugs into your 12-volt power outlet. Echo Auto connects to your car via an auxiliary jack or your car’s existing Bluetooth connection. Setup is done through the Alexa app on your smartphone and is supposed to be simple and quick.
Echo Auto doesn’t require a subscription but it does use your phone’s data connection, which could drive up your monthly cell-phone bill if you don’t have an unlimited data plan.
You can use your voice to send and read text messages with Alexa . ” Read my text messages .”
Echo Auto is like Amazon Dot or a regular Echo that’s designed to be used in vehicles. Aside from using your smartphone’s internet connection, Echo Auto can also tap into the car’s built-in cellular data connection. This assumes that the car already comes with Alexa and you still need to purchase a cellular plan.
You can still use Echo Auto with these cars by connecting via the included auxiliary cable. Acura MDX (2016) Acura RDX (2017) Acura TLX (2016) Chevrolet Equinox (2016, 2017) Chevrolet Malibu (2015, 2016, 2017) Chevrolet Silverado (2014, 2015, 2017) Chevrolet Volt (2015)
You just have to connect to the speaker from the Echo Auto during the setup process. If you don’t connect to anything, you can setup the Echo Auto as though your car accepts Bluetooth music via your phone.
It should not drain your battery while your car is off unless you cigarette lighter socket is wired to your battery instead of a accessory fuse.
Echo Auto uses data or minutes and texts from your smartphone plan for calling and messaging. Calls to phone numbers use your plan minutes. Texts to phone numbers use your plan texts (Android only). Alexa -to- Alexa calls and messages use data from your smartphone plan.
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 .
Echo Auto supports Android 6.0 and iOS 12 or greater. However, please note that the following smartphones are not compatible with Echo Auto . Echo Auto connects to most cars that support Bluetooth to play music or that have an auxiliary input.
On an Android phone, this is smooth and easy. You simply ask Alexa for directions and the bot turns those duties over to the Google Assistant and Google Maps .