This JBL device adds Google Assistant to your dumb car

If you are driving a car without Android Auto or CarPlay support and is mostly fidgeting your smartphone to find directions or change music tracks, then JBL has some good news for you. The JBL Link Drive can be paired your smartphone both Android and iOS and it can then be used to control music or ask for directions from Google. 

In other words, this accessory will convert your car’s old speaker into smart speakers for a price of $59.95 or Rs 4,200. 

Launched at CES 2019, the JBL Link Drive operates by saying “Hey Google” voice command, and can be used to ask for directions, traffic conditions, weather, or calendar updates without needing to interact with or unlock the phones. 

The JBL Link Drive device is outfitted with dual noise cancelling microphones to cancel road, wind, engine and general driving sounds that may interfere with voice commands on a standard phone. It’s also programmed with Radio Barging technology, allowing drivers to listen to the radio as desired but will quiet when it detects a voice command with “Hey Google.” 

Once the request is finalised, content from the radio will resume. This feature also works with incoming phone calls, allowing automobilists to have a safe, hands-free conversation without noise inference.

To set-up the JBL Link Drive, drivers would need to plug the device into a 12V socket (cigarette lighter) or auxiliary outlet and pair their iOS or Android smartphone to the Google App installed. For vehicles equipped with built-in Bluetooth, JBL Link Drive will sync with both the smartphone in use and the car stereo system. 

For cars without Bluetooth, drivers can set up the Link Drive through the auxiliary outlet to connect with the cars existing speakers.

 

(Agencies)