Even the best, most proficient truck driver on the road today needs a little help from time to time. More often than not, most of the big stuff is handled by sensors and devices on the truck, or with a quick call on our smartphone.
But, there are some chores — mostly those that make your day a bit safer and more comfortable — that you need to do yourself, but can’t. That’s why having your own ride-along personal assistant makes such sense.
Garmin Speak pairs Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service technology with Garmin’s GPS street navigation to provide a virtual assistant for your truck. Not only will Alexa help get you where you want to go, it can also use your truck’s audio system to help keep you informed and entertained. And, it can help you take care of things at home while you are on the road.
You can ask Alexa to:
- Play music from Pandora, Amazon Music or Amazon Prime Music (if you are a Prime member)
- Manage appointments on your calendar and tasks on your “to do” list
- Find the latest weather and news
- Connect you to your favorite channel or program on Sirius XM
- Listen to your favorite audiobook or podcast
- Create a shopping list or even shop online
- Play a quiz with you to help pass the time
But, Garmin Speak and Amazon’s Alexa can help you at home … even, or especially, when you are not there. With wireless “smart” home connectivity, Alexa lets you remotely control various devices and systems from the road including lights, locks, thermostat and more with spoken commands from your vehicle. There are numerous Alexa Skills available for download from the Alexa Skills Store.
Unlike other Amazon Alexa solutions designed for home or office, Garmin Speak integrates in-vehicle Alexa Voice Service with Garmin GPS turn-by-turn navigation. Just tell it where you need to go and Garmin Speak does the rest. The device provides spoken directions with street names and shows arrows with audio prompts to indicate which lane you need to be in for your next turn or upcoming exit.
And, of course all of this is hands free, so you can keep your hands on the wheel.
Available at most truck centers.