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[Amazon.ca] Echo Auto $44.99

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[Amazon.ca] Echo Auto $44.99

I’ve been waiting for this to drop in price for a while, not for everyone but I’ve been searching for a alternative to shouting “hey Siri” 5 times whilst driving !
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Amazing device, I've had it since before its launch as part of a field tester. It's like being night rider ! It's got the same type of lights also lol very useful
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If you drive a Ford vehicle with SYNC3 wait until The Ford + Alexa App is released in Canada.
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sophal wrote: If you drive a Ford vehicle with SYNC3 wait until The Ford + Alexa App is released in Canada.
My colleagues at Ford in waterloo worked on the GUI and another works on the connectivity. He has a mock console in his office hooked up to his computer as he develops, fixes bugs. We then take the vehicle out for test drives over the weekends to document bugs and give feedback to developers.

I wasnt too impressed with the speech recognition for "okay ford" classic system, so looking forward to the Alexa integration upon final release.

also, I dont work for Ford, these are people who used to work with me for another organization and defected to Ford :)
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zdpz wrote: Amazing device, I've had it since before its launch as part of a field tester. It's like being night rider ! It's got the same type of lights also lol very useful
Can you give some examples of how you use it? I’ve had one for months and can’t figure out the utility of it.
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MexiCanuck wrote: Can you give some examples of how you use it? I’ve had one for months and can’t figure out the utility of it.

Alexa I'm home , sets the temperature to what I want, turns on all the outdoor lights, etc. I stopped doing geotagging because it would get triggered when I was just passing by my house.

Alexa make an announcement ( when no one is answering the phone, ALLL the Alexa dots at home become an intercom)

Alexa pop up a map with directions to the nearest Tim Hortons

Alexa play blag blah on Spotify

Alexa make a note to add xyz to my grocery list

Alexa is the front door locked? ( When you forgot to lock or Aren't sure)

Alexa turn on vacation. Mode or away mode

Alexa turn off house lights

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zdpz wrote: Alexa I'm home , sets the temperature to what I want, turns on all the outdoor lights, etc. I stopped doing geotagging because it would get triggered when I was just passing by my house.

Alexa make an announcement ( when no one is answering the phone, ALLL the Alexa dots at home become an intercom)

Alexa pop up a map with directions to the nearest Tim Hortons

Alexa play blag blah on Spotify

Alexa make a note to add xyz to my grocery list

Alexa is the front door locked? ( When you forgot to lock or Aren't sure)

Alexa turn on vacation. Mode or away mode

Alexa turn off house lights

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Couldn't you do the same using your phone?
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IDStorms wrote: Couldn't you do the same using your phone?
You could do the same using remote controls too...it's all about the User Experience. Using your phone clicking around and if you have an iPhone it's even worse. If you have Android you have Google assistant. The Alexa echo auto is natively supported, has a great simple interface, a lot better sound attentuation, and works on the drop of a hat everytime.

Do you use your phone to control your home automation when you're at home or your smart speakers? Same thing here.

It's a matter of personal preference and most people will be pleasently surprised at the ease of use of the echo auto vs using your phone. It's not a life changer, just an iterative improvement over a phone with the Alexa app.
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Does it do the commands locally or does it need a data connection from my phone?
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zdpz wrote: Alexa I'm home , sets the temperature to what I want, turns on all the outdoor lights, etc. I stopped doing geotagging because it would get triggered when I was just passing by my house.

Alexa make an announcement ( when no one is answering the phone, ALLL the Alexa dots at home become an intercom)

Alexa pop up a map with directions to the nearest Tim Hortons

Alexa play blag blah on Spotify

Alexa make a note to add xyz to my grocery list

Alexa is the front door locked? ( When you forgot to lock or Aren't sure)

Alexa turn on vacation. Mode or away mode

Alexa turn off house lights

Stc
If you have Android auto just curious, why would you need this?
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ajacian81 wrote: If you have Android auto just curious, why would you need this?
The microphone reception is amazing. It hears you over loud music or if your kids in the backseat want to tell Alexa to play a certain song.
Also, amazon music is native via the Echo Auto. My understanding is Amazon Music via Android Auto is not a good experience.
I've also had this since it was by invitation only.
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How well does this work when paired with an iPhone? Specifically when requesting Spotify. I have the anker roav but it makes you force open Spotify defeating the purpose of hands free.
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Just curious does it have a steering wheel holder so I can have hand free mode?. Actually I use my phone for Navigation.
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zdpz wrote: You could do the same using remote controls too...it's all about the User Experience. Using your phone clicking around and if you have an iPhone it's even worse. If you have Android you have Google assistant. The Alexa echo auto is natively supported, has a great simple interface, a lot better sound attentuation, and works on the drop of a hat everytime.

Do you use your phone to control your home automation when you're at home or your smart speakers? Same thing here.

It's a matter of personal preference and most people will be pleasently surprised at the ease of use of the echo auto vs using your phone. It's not a life changer, just an iterative improvement over a phone with the Alexa app.
Thanks for your input.

I've seen this on Amazon.com for quite a while, and was waiting for it to become available in Canada,
except I'm not really into the home automation thingy, but I do have an Echo Show, and Echo Dot Clock. (plus some unused Google Home Minis)
(I received the invite for the echo auto when it originally started releasing in the US but they would not ship it to Canada)

Other than those two devices, I have rope lights for our stairs set up on a Lutron Caseta which takes care of itself (even though I could control it via Alexa if needed)

I do like the novelty factor of the Echo Auto, and some of the other features I might benefit from.

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