Alexa : a new Auto mode in the application

Amazon decidedly new on novelty at the moment, far from the few announcements of Google and its Nest Audio yesterday. Indeed, the company of Jeff Bezos returns to us today with a novelty concerning Auto Echo and in particular the application Alexa : A Auto mode. The promise ofAmazon can be summed up in a few words: "Help you stay focused on the road". We can only validate, but let's see what it is.

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Auto mode: navigation optimized for driving

You are not unaware that, while it is obviously not necessary to handle your phone in your hand while driving, the simple fact of concentrating a few seconds on your screen can prove to be fatal. That is why Amazon has planned an Auto mode in the application Alexa.

Transforming your smartphone into a screen connected to Alexa convenient to use while driving, the Auto mode facilitates navigation, communication and entertainment with easier to read displays, large touch zones and useful shortcuts for easy access to the most useful functions in the car.

You will therefore find the navigation to your favorite places, calls to your contacts favorites and to your devices Alexa at home, but also media reading recently played on TuneIn, Amazon Music, etc. In short, this mode makes the use of the voice assistant even more pleasant and practical in the car.

Configure Auto mode in the app Alexa

It's very simple, this mode will be offered to you as soon as you start to move by car or if your smartphone connects to your apparatus Alexa for the car. We regretted the absence of such a mode during our testAmazon Echo Car at the time of its release in France on July 15, 2020.

Auto mode offers four screens:

  • Home : the home screen provides one-click access to recurring actions, including shortcuts to play and pause your music, quick access to navigation to get to home or work, or even buttons to quickly make calls. Just touch the shortcut to start the action or ask « Alexa, keep playing my music " for example.

  • Navigate : the navigation screen offers one-click access to your saved favorite places. The choice of a destination makes, Alexa launches your default navigation application, such as Waze for example, and instantly starts navigation directions. You can also request new destinations by saying « Alexa, find Italian restaurants nearby ». The application Alexa will display a simplified list showing only the relevant information, allowing you to either use a voice command, or select one of the proposals to start browsing.

  • Contact : it is used to easily make a call, to make a Drop In or an announcement on your appliances Amazon Echo. You can ask Alexa to start the action by saying for example « Alexa, drop in Kitchen » or simply by touching your selection with your fingertip, without losing sight of the route, Auto mode provides you with an easy-to-read list of the last calls made.
  • Litterature : it displays recently played media as well as a play / pause button. Selecting one of the items in the list starts playing the media and displays the screen. "Now reading", which provides additional controls specific to the type of media being played and the service used.

In short, you will understand, with this new mode, you will drive and use Alexa driving much more calmly. A judicious update that we were waiting for and which, little by little, makes Echo Auto more and more interesting.
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Update on 01/10/2020: addition of the presentation of Auto modeAlexa on Youtube.

Fascinated by Alexa since the day I received it in beta test, I gradually became passionate about the subject, before deciding to go further by creating a site with Jean-Christophe. An activity that allows me to quench my thirst for new technologies and share my discoveries about the nicest of communities: Les Alexiens.