You Can Now Buy Amazon Echo Auto in Canada, Bringing Alexa to the Car
Amazon Echo Auto has finally launched in Canada, bringing Alexa to your car for the price of $69.99 CAD, available today.
After launching in the United States last summer, Echo Auto showed early signs of momentum, with over 1 million requested invites to try out the device, Amazon tells iPhone in Canada.
The Echo Auto unit brings Amazon’s Alexa Assistant to your car, powered by USB or your vehicle’s 12V power outlet. The device connects to your vehicle’s stereo via a 3.5mm audio jack or Bluetooth, while connects to Alexa via the Alexa app on iOS or Android. The device has 8 microphones designed to hear your voice over your radio, vehicle noise, air conditioning and more.
“Customers in Canada 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” said Celine Lee, Alexa Canada Country Manager, in an issued statement to iPhone in Canada. “With Echo Auto, they can enjoy the convenience of Alexa on the road, giving them the ability to ask to play music, make calls, continue their audiobook, manage their to do list and more—all just using their voice, and keeping their hands on the wheel.”
Having Alexa in the car is similar to using the voice assistant at home, bringing news, music, audiobooks, traffic updates, map directions, weather and more while you’re on the road. Amazon hopes Echo Auto will make road trips more entertaining, as Alexa Skills are available to bring games and trivia on the road, while mounted to your vehicle’s air vent.
Amazon’s Alexa launched support for French in Canada last fall, and multilingual mode will be part of Echo Auto. We should have more news about Echo Auto soon, so stay tuned.
According to Amazon, the following cars do not support Echo Auto via Bluetooth, but only through an AUX connection:
Acura MDX (2016)
Acura RDX (2017)
Acura TLX (2016)
Chevrolet Equinox (2016, 2017)
Chevrolet Malibu (2015, 2016, 2017)
Chevrolet Silverado (2014, 2015, 2017)
Chevrolet Volt (2015)
Dodge Caravan (2018)
Dodge Ram (2018)
GMC Sierra (2015, 2016, 2017)
Honda Accord (2013, 2015)
Honda Accord Touring (2013)
Honda Civic (2013)
Honda CRV 2014
Honda Odyssey (2016)
Honda Pilot (2013)
Infiniti Q60 (2018)
Infiniti QX60 (2019)
Jeep Wrangler (2017)
Mazda CX9 (2013)
Mazda 3 (2010)
Toyota Camry (2015)
Toyota Corolla (2017)
You can click here to learn more about Echo Auto on Amazon.ca. The device is also available for purchase from Best Buy.