Amazon is bringing Alexa voice control to the car. Announced in September, the Echo Auto is finally shipping to the more than one million drivers that pre-ordered it. To boost sales farther, the Echo Auto is on sale for $24.99, a 50% savings. Add free Spotify and TuneIn accounts and any advantage held by broadcast radio and SiriusXM virtually disappears.
''“We had over a million [pre-order] requests,”. Amazon Alexa VP Steve Rabuchin said at CES. “Now, we’re just starting to ship.”
The Echo Auto connects to Alexa using your phone and plays through your car speakers. It includes Echo Auto Dash Mount.
With eight microphones and far-field technology, Echo Auto can hear you over music, A/C, and road noise to activate commands to play music and podcasts, check the news, get directions via Waze, find the nearest gas station and more.