Must-have road trip tech
Your next road trip just got a digital upgrade.
Ready to upgrade your car and take your next road trip into the 21st century?
Amazon is set to launch Echo Auto in Australia. The device allows users to upgrade the technological capabilities of their vehicle regardless of its manufacture date with Amazon’s Alexa digital personal assistant.
The Echo Auto, which is priced at $79, is compatible with most cars and connects via an auxiliary cable to the car’s radio or Bluetooth and is powered by a 12V plug or USB port.
Handy for road trips or daily driving, the device offers a range of infotainment features including the ability to listen to map directions, read messages, control music, calls and organise calendars via voice commands.
Motorists will need to have the Alexa app installed on their phone to access the voice assistant. The device will also use your phone’s data to stream content.
To pick up your voice, the Echo Auto features an eight-microphone and far-field speech recognition so it can pick up commands over music, air-conditioning and engine or traffic noise. All audio playback is also conducted through the car’s stereo.
The Echo Auto is available to pre-order from Amazon Australia with shipping set to begin on 10 June.
Does anyone leave home without one? This is the one gadget everyone in the car will have on the ready. It’s easy to see why with built-in maps, apps for any occasion and information about every destination at your fingertips.
Prepare for the best, but plan for the worst. You never know what’s going to happen on a road trip, so make sure you’re covered in the event of an accident and have a dash cam to record footage.
Packing a spare set of keys is the last thing on your mind before you set off. Luckily, you won’t have to worry about misplacing your keys with the Tile Mate Bluetooth Key Finder which can locate your keys anywhere.
What road trip would be complete without a killer playlist to set the scene? With Spotify Premium you can download music directly to your phone, which is handy for those times when you’re out of radio range and reception is low.
Spotify also has a range of podcasts, including Your Shout, where RACQ’s Deb Eccleston chats with Queenslanders whose stories amaze and inspire.