Dash Cam Features
Overview: Garmin Speak Plus with Amazon Alexa brings what you love about
the digital voice assistant to your vehicle. This small device mounts to the
windshield of your vehicle, and, at your verbal request, can perform many
helpful functions to enhance your travels. In addition, Garmin Speak Plus adds a
built-in dash cam that records video as you travel, and provides driver
assistance features. Garmin Speak Plus comes with an adhesive
disk for mounting, and a power cable that plugs into the nearest DC power port
in your vehicle.
Note: The device is designed to be mounted to your vehicle's
windshield, which is prohibited in many states. You should check the law in the
states you plan to travel.
Amazon Alexa: The cloud-based Amazon Alexa Voice Service is available
on millions of devices to help you more intuitively interact with the technology
you use. Alexa uses voice interaction to play music or audiobooks, and provide
weather, traffic, and news in real time. It can also control numerous "smart"
devices in your home, including lights and the thermostat. New Alexa skills are
Connection to Vehicle Stereo: The device connects to your
car stereo through a wireless or wired connection. You can send the Garmin Speak
Plus audio signal to your vehicle's stereo via a wireless Bluetooth connection.
This allows you to listen to Alexa responses, as well as media and phone calls
without a wired connection. If your stereo isn't Bluetooth compatible, you can
connect a 3.5mm auxiliary audio cable between your stereo and the device's power
Garmin Speak Plus: Garmin Speak Plus with Amazon Alexa can be a helpful
companion in your vehicle as you travel. Using voice commands, you can direct
Alexa to perform the following functions:
- Audio Functions: When paired to the free Garmin Speak app, the
device lets you stream music through your vehicle's sound system. You can
access your music playlists or podcasts, play audiobooks, check the weather,
and listen to news and sports updates. Alexa will play music from Amazon
Music (including Amazon Prime), Pandora, and Sirius XM.
- Navigation: By saying "Alexa, ask Garmin...", you can get
turn-by-turn directions to your destination. The Garmin skill can search for
specific addresses or a point-of-interest, giving you spoken directions, as
well as simple visual directions on its display (arrows and distance to the
maneuver). Navigation symbols include turn directions, highway exits, lane
guidance, and destination arrival. You can ask Alexa for information about
the route along the way, such as traffic conditions, or time and distance to
the next turn or your destination.
- Remote Control: If you have "smart" device in your home, you can
control them through Garmin Speak Plus with Amazon Alexa. With a simple voice
command, you can turn your lights on or off, adjust your thermostat, or make
sure you've locked your front door.
- Convenience Features: Garmin Speak Plus can perform many tasks as you
drive down the road, letting you keep your hands on the wheel. Alexa helps
you create shopping, grocery, and to-do lists, and allow you to add to those
lists at any time. You can check your calendar, or look up something in
- Entertainment: Alexa can help keep you and your passengers
entertained as you travel. You can play interactive games or trivia. Alexa
can "pick a card" or "flip a coin" if you desire.
Garmin Speak App: You will need the Garmin Speak app on your
smartphone to perform the device's many functions. The Garmin Speak app requires
iOS 10 or later on iPhones and iPads, and Android v5.0 (Lollipop) and higher on
Design: The cylindrical device is only about 1-1/2" in
diameter and depth, and has an integrated adjustable windshield mount. It has an
11/16" x 3/8" OLED display (114 x 64 pixels) on the front, with Alexa's
signature LED light ring around the outside. It has a built-in speaker on the
back panel. Two microphones, with beamforming technology, are placed on the
front and bottom of the device. There are two buttons in the side: one to mute/unmute
the microphone, and the other to activate the device, accept an incoming call,
dismiss an alarm or timer, or to turn off (pressing and holding for two
seconds). The Garmin Speak Plus device weighs only 1.33 ounces.
Mounting: Garmin Speak Plus with Amazon Alexa is designed to be mounted
your windshield via its magnetic mount. The mount includes a metal disc with a
strong adhesive which is attached to the windshield. The Garmin Speak Plus device
attaches magnetically to the disc, making it easy to remove when needed. It
should be mounted in a location where it can clearly hear your voice, and within
easy reach of the device's buttons. You should avoid placing it in a location
that obscures your view of the road. The device is powered by the supplied
12-volt power cord, which plugs into a DC power port (cigarette lighter plug).
Dash Cam Features
Dash Camera: Garmin Speak Plus features a built-in dash
camera that records video of the road ahead as you travel. Video is saved onto
an inserted microSD card. The device will accept microSD cards from 4 GB to 64
GB. An 8 GB card is included.
Voice Commands: The dash cam starts recording video as soon
as it's powered on. To save a video clip, or to take a photo, you will need to
use a voice command: "Alexa, ask Garmin to save video." or "Alexa, ask Garmin to
take a picture." Saved video clips are approximately three minutes in length,
and include video footage recorded before, during, and after you asked the
device to save video.
Audio Recording: The built-in microphones are used for
capturing audio for the dash camera recordings, as well as for Alexa voice
commands. You can mute the microphones for both activities by pressing the mic
mute button on the device. You can disable audio recording, but keep the
microphones on for voice commands through the Garmin Speak app.
Garmin VIRB App: You can view and share recorded dash cam
videos and photos on your smartphone through the Garmin VIRB app. The Garmin
VIRB app allows you to view the live dash cam view, which can be used to
properly aim and set up the dash camera.
Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS): The Garmin Speak
Plus includes the Advanced Driver Assistance System using the integrated dash
camera. ADAS provides the following warnings and alerts about your driving
- Go Alert: The Go Alert can alert you at a stop light or
during traffic delays when the vehicle in front of you has started moving.
When the road ahead of you is clearing, the dash camera plays a tone and
displays an alert.
- Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS): As you drive,
Garmin Speak Plus' dash camera continuously records the view in front of
your vehicle. The Forward Collision Warning feature alerts you if you are
driving too close to the vehicle ahead of you. The FCWS feature
automatically activates when your vehicle exceeds 30 mph. The device
determines your speed using GPS, and calculates a safe following distance to
the vehicle ahead of you, based on your speed. If the device detects that
you are following too closely, a warning appears on the screen and an
audible alert will sound.
- Lane Departure Warning System: The Lane Departure
Warning System (LDWS) alerts you when you may be drifting over into oncoming
traffic or in danger of running off the road. The LDWS provides alerts only
when your vehicle exceeds 40 mph. The alert appears on the left or right
side of the screen to indicate which lane boundary you crossed.