Adding to its repertoire of Echo devices in India, Amazon has just launched the Echo Auto in the country. As the name suggests, the Echo Auto is an Alexa-enabled smart speaker designed to be used in the car. With the speaker, users will be able to ask Alexa to play music, provide directions, answer questions, make calls and more. Amazon’s other recent additions to the Echo lineup include the portable Echo Input, which comes with a rechargeable battery and 10 hours of music playback, as well as the tiny plug-in Echo Flex, which can be used to control smart home devices and ask Alexa for information.
Amazon Echo Auto specifications and features
The Echo Auto is a compact device, about the size of a powerbank. It connects to your car via the 12V charging socket or USB port. The device features an eight-microphone array, which Amazon says is designed to hear your voice over normal car noise, such as the AC, music and traffic. The Echo Auto doesn’t have an inbuilt speaker, and instead connects to your car’s stereo system via Bluetooth or a 3.5mm aux cable. For the internet, it connects to your smartphone via the Alexa app, which enables it to use your existing data plan. The device also has a mic on/off button for privacy.
Like all Echo speakers, the Echo Auto lets you stream music via Amazon Prime Music, as well as third-party providers like Apple Music, JioSaavn, Gaana and Hungama Music. Additionally, you can listen to audio books via an Audible account, if you have one.
The Echo Auto is capable of making calls to any contact saved on your smartphone using its mobile network. Android users will also be able to send text messages using the device. You can also ask the Echo Auto to give you directions via the default navigation app on your phone.
Speaking on the launch, Parag Gupta, Head of Amazon Devices India, said “Customers in India tell us they want to take Alexa with them everywhere they go, and we’re delighted to offer them an easy way to add Alexa to the car they already own.”
Amazon Echo Auto price in India
The Echo Auto has been priced at Rs 4,999 in India. It is currently available to pre-order on Amazon and in select retail outlets. Amazon will begin shipping the device starting January 15th.