Alexa's coming along for the ride.
Earlier today, Amazon announced a slew of new products centering around its popular Echo devices like the Echo Dot. While that device is reaching the release of its third generation next month, Amazon just unveiled a new product to the Echo lineup allowing you to bring Alexa along wherever you go: the Echo Auto.
By first connecting with your smartphone, the Echo Auto gains access to Alexa and plays through your car speakers via either Bluetooth or the auxiliary input depending on your vehicle. There are eight integrated microphones designed for in-vehicle acoustics so that the device is able to hear you speak even with the radio playing, the AC running, and the windows rolled down.
Instead of opening pre-orders to all customers like with the rest of the new products, Amazon has made the Echo Auto buying process a bit more complicated. Here's what you'll need to do to buy one:
- Head to its product page on Amazon
- Click 'Request an Invitation' which is located where the 'Buy' button is regularly found
- Keep an eye on your email for further info from Amazon
Even if you're currently unsure as to whether or not you're going to buy Echo Auto, you might as well request an invitation in case you decide you want it. The invitation doesn't require payment and isn't binding.
Perhaps the best part of this entire process is that, if chosen, you'll be able to purchase Echo Auto at a 50% discount, bringing the price down to just $24.99.
Having one of these is not only super handy but can be a lifesaver. Instead of having to pick up your device to switch to a different song, you'll be able to ask Alexa to switch it for you. Instead of having to open an app for navigation to locate a gas station, simply ask Alexa where the closest one is. The device can stream podcasts, listen to Amazon Music and Spotify, and even play Audible audiobooks. Amazon also includes a three-month Audible subscription with its purchase, which is valued at $30 on its own. Call your friends, add items to your to-do list, check your calendar, set reminders and more, all with your voice while driving.
If you can't wait to access Alexa in a new way, other upcoming Amazon Echo devices are currently discounted by up to $100 when purchased in a bundle.