Amazon’s Alexa was the the first one to start the smart home invasion compared to it’s rival Google. Google is now trying to fill in the gap and catch up by partnering with third-party brands to further extend the reach of the Google Assistant.
Today at CES, consumer electronics companies Anker and JBL both announced new Google Assistant-equipped gadgets that plugin via the 12-volt car lighter port, so they’ll work with a majority of new and old cars as a way to smarten up your on-the-road tech with hands-free voice control and music playback, among other features.
Hands-Free Voice Control From Anker
This is an extension of Anker’s existing Roav line of car adapter and charger combos. The new Google model is called the Roav Bolt. It is powered exclusively by Google Assistant. It has many features such as hands-free calling and messaging, navigation, and music playback as well.
Anker’s model comes with two standard USB Type A ports for charging. The Bolt features Bluetooth 5.0 as well as an auxiliary for physical connections. It will obey any of the voice commands you’ll provide. Most likely, however, you’ll be using it for taking phone calls, turn-by-turn directions, and playing music, as Anker designed.
The company says the device will start shipping next month.
Hands-Free Voice Control From JBL
JBL’s Link Drive is not divergent. It seems it does not have any ports for charging. The device comes with smart noise-canceling features for ignoring noises of traffic, commotion or wind to pick up your voice commands, efficiently.
It also maintains a connection to the car stereo via the aux port or the Bluetooth. The Link Drive can also turn your car stereo automatically when you use the “OK Google.” So you can clearly speak without being worried about the music, getting in the way.
JBL’s device will start shipping soon.