CAR’s guide to Alexa for your car

"Alexa, how do I add Alexa to my car?"

A mobile phone on a car's dashboard

by Ryan Gilmore |

What would we all do without our phones? They have everything that you need for modern living, and this even extends to our cars now. We can choose what music we want to listen to, make and take calls and even place orders for our favourite coffee on the move.

Obviously, it's illegal to use your phone when you're driving, so that's where a voice-activated assistant comes in handy. Amazon's Alexa, in particular, is great and can be easily installed in any car. Read our guide and pretty soon you'll wonder how you ever coped without one.

What you need to know about Alexa:

What does an Alexa do?

Almost anything you could want. There are the obvious things like checking the time, requesting music and taking phone calls that'll undoubtedly be used often. Yet, an Alexa system can also make lists, set reminders and even allow you to order products through Amazon. In short, there are so many things one of these devices can do that you're sure to find some use for it. What's the Best covers some of the more unusual things that an Echo system can do, so head on over there if you'd like a full rundown.

What are the alternatives?

There are a number of voice-activated systems just like Alexa; Apple has Siri and Google offers Google Assistant. Both of these are available on various smartphones and can be used when driving using a phone mount. Amazon's Echo Auto, however, is specifically designed to be used in cars - a big bonus over the other two.

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