How an Amazon Echo Auto improves the 2020 Nissan Versa
One of the most interesting trends in the automotive industry has to do with third-party add-ons. Mode’s have added new exhaust systems, hoods, and spoilers for years (even decades), but a new crop of tech mods have slowly cropped up, including rear view cameras and speakerphones.
Recently, It was tested and approved as one of the best recent tech accessories around, called the Amazon eco auto, and for just a quick ride to enjoy and do some review, it’s a very smart upgrade.
We’re not talking about sensors that suddenly provide automated driving features or robotic features, although maybe that will happen eventually i have no idea about that just yet. And after testing the Echo Auto with a 2020 Nissan Versa that costs $14,730 (about £11,000, AU$22,000 & NGN 5,302,800) on its own.
The Versa offers a Bluetooth connection, basic lane-keeping, and excellent gas mileage for a reasonable price, but adding the Echo Auto provided a host of driving aids that surprised me in their simplicity and usefulness.
Connecting this amazing device is ultra-simple. As you can sync over Bluetooth to your phone first, then connect the Echo Auto to the car stereo using Bluetooth or the included 3.5mm cable.
The user chose the cable just to keep things easy. The Echo Auto then attaches to the car vent using an included mount. When you need to access the device, you say ‘Alexa’ and then ask your question or issue your command. The sound played over the Nissan Versa’s stereo.
The Driver/user immediately tried a few basic functions. And later asked for directions, and – because the user used an Apple iPhone 11 Pro – the Echo Auto sent the user a prompt on their phone to initiate the navigation. Brandon asked a passenger to accept the notification. Brandon could have used the navigation built-in to the Versa of course, but he preferred using voice. With an Android phone, you don’t have to acknowledge the prompt and Google Maps will start working on its own.
Using Apple Maps with an iPhone was just as easy after accepting the prompt, although you don’t see the route and there is no map. (The Echo Auto only provides audio; it doesn’t sync to the display in the car.)
Brandon was mostly interested in other functions, he asked Alexa to play a recent podcast from Freakonomics Radio and it worked perfectly. Later, when he jumped back in the car, he asked Alexa to resume that same episode and that also worked. he tested music playback as well, asked about the weather, and even did some research by asking Alexa some questions. (he asked about when 3D printers were invented and it provided some nice info.)
Next, he decided to ask about the closest fuel stations to his current location. he was surprised that it worked. When Alexa reminded him that he could ask about phone numbers, it dawned on him that the device is also a great speakerphone for phone calls. he called his wife by asking Alexa to dial the Amazon Show speaker he has at home and that worked. Someday, we’ll be able to make a video call and turn the car over to the bot, but (for now) only voice calls work.
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We will see where this will help in the future. Adding Alexa meant the user was able to focus on driving more and didn’t ever fiddle with the radio. And the user could carry on an entire conversation.
Someday, we’ll be able to ask Alexa to drive the car or to stop, let us out, and go pick up someone at the mall. We’ll stay in contact with Alexa using our phone. It might seem far-fetched, but we’ll use bots more and more when they can do things for us that we don’t want to do.
As a way to summarize features on the economically priced Nissan Versa, the Echo Auto was a smart and low-cost alternative. all the stories written on this article are real and i reference my very good friend john brandon for this master piece. so when next you’d want to purchase a ride go for this one as it is SURE.