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How to install Alexa in your car

Amazon’s A.I.-powered Alexa virtual assistant puts you in contact with your porch lights, your vacuum cleaner, and your television, so embedding it into a car’s dashboard makes sense. The list of cars that roll off the assembly line with Alexa compatibility baked right in grows annually, but you can still turn on your oven while you’re driving home if you own an older model. Several aftermarket companies make products you can use to add Alexa to your vehicle regardless of whether it’s just a few years or old or if it was made several decades ago. Here are the best ones.

Here are the best devices available in 2020.

Muse

Speak Music’s Muse was one of the first Alexa car accessories to hit the market. All you do is connect the small device to your iPhone or Android-powered phone using Bluetooth. From there, you can use all of Alexa’s regular functions. You can also control your car’s audio functions, like skipping songs and boosting volume, by connecting to the car’s display through Bluetooth, USB, or auxiliary inputs.

Roav Viva Pro

The Roav Viva Pro gives you Alexa, remote calling, and a charging station for your phone, all in one. It also has a convenient mute button that turns off the device’s mic. To get started, you plug Viva Pro into your car’s cigarette lighter, then connect it to your phone using Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple Carplay, AUX-Out, or FM transmission.

Echo Auto

Amazon has come out with its own answer to Alexa auto accessories with the Echo Auto. The boxy device plugs into your car’s USB port or lighter, then you use the Alexa app to set it up. The device allows you to use all of Alexa’s regular functions, including hands-free calling, and has a mute button for the mic. It has eight microphones to hear commands over road noise, so you won’t need to shout “play Blink 182!” four times before “Aliens Exist” comes on.

Garmin Speak

Garmin Speak stands out among other Alexa car devices for two reasons. First, it has a display that shows turn-by-turn navigation, which is super handy for the directionally stunted. Second, it mounts to your car’s window, so it doesn’t clutter up your dash. It connects to your phone through Bluetooth and its own app and gives you access to all of Alexa’s features.

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