We are tracking all the best deals and offer on the Amazon Echo Auto for Black Friday 2018. The recently announced all new Amazon Echo Auto allows you to bring all the functionality of Alexa to the driver’s seat of any car (provided you have a smart phone). All the Alexa voice controlled functionality on the road. We will be following any deals on them to kick start the Christmas shopping season from Thanksgiving Day to Cyber Monday 2018.
The Amazon Echo auto is an affordable easy way to dodge the disastrous and confusing auto infotainment market place. For about $49.99 you can smarten up and older car that lacks all the fancy center consoles of newer models or dodge learning a new operating system in your new vehicle. Amazons primary goal is to provide consistency in user experience by offer Alexa at home and now in car.
The Amazon Echo Auto connects directly to Alexa thorough your smart phone. The small device is about the size of credit card and .5” high and connects to your car via blue tooth or aux port. So it will work with most cars produced since the early 2000s, when aux ports were integrated into the stereo system. As a last ditch effort on older model cars you may be able to connect Echo Auto with an additional accessory like an FM transmitter or cassette tape adapter. The Echo auto was specifically designed to use its 8 microphones to filter out normal driving back ground noise. It should have no problem hearing your commands over the ac or typical road noise.
The Amazon Echo Auto can play music, provide directions, get the latest news, play games, audio book and podcasts. The Echo Auto can also make calls using your contacts. There are a lot of possibilities and with the growing set of Alexa Skills there will certainly be a lot more the Echo Auto can do in the near future. I am thinking a route optimization Skill would be a great option. Directions are provided through connected apps such as Google Maps and Waze.
The Amazon Echo Auto has connectivity to your other Alexa devices so you can manager your tasks, calendar, make announces and check in at home. The connectivity goes way beyond just that through. As you integrates with other Alexa compatible smart devices in your home you will be able to control them as well. Such as shutting off lights, turning on sprinklers or other devices.
The Echo Auto Set up is simple and only three steps. Plug it in and mount it on the dash with provided dash mount. Use the Alexa app and set it up. Link it via blue tooth or your cars aux port and you’re ready to tell Alexa what to do next.
The Amazon Echo Auto is currently available through a invite only pre-order. As I write this article Amazon is still accepting requests for an invite to the preorder event. I received and email response that said “Thank you for requesting an invitation to buy Echo Auto. If selected, you’ll receive an email with an invitation to purchase.” The invite only price is listed as $24.99, which is well below the $49.99 list price, so pick me, pick me. So far I was unable to dig up a specific release date, everything just says later this year. However, given Amazons history of November sales announcements I am confident that it will be available for at least pre-order by Black Friday 2018.
We will be tracking the general release, sales and deals on the Amazon Echo Auto throughout the entire 2018 holiday season. The Amazon Echo Auto is going to sell like mad because of the chaos in the auto infotainment market, the Echo’s unprecedented level of integration and most importantly its simplicity. Amazon’s fight to win the Smart Home platform war is going to be great for consumers. We expect the best offers to be around Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018. The Echo Auto Price retail price of $49.99 makes it a great candidate to bundle with the Echo Plus. Since Amazon is willing to offer it in the invite only sale at $24.99, I think that’s where it will price out in the bundle offer too. We will be watching the announcements very closing so you don’t have to. Check back for the best sales, deals and bundle offers on the Amazon Echo Auto from now through, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the rest of the 2018 holiday shopping season.