JBL this morning introduced a slew of Assistant products like new Bluetooth headphones and the Android TV-powered Link Bar. The model’s latest system is the JBL Link Drive that primarily brings a Google Assistant microphone into any automotive by way of the cigarette lighter.
Google Assistant is already out there in automobiles through some mediums together with Android Auto on the phone, standalone/built-in head items, and even Google Maps. For those who don’t need to purchase an expensive aftermarket accent or don’t like interacting with screens whereas driving, the Link Drive is an extra practical speaker-like technique to discuss to Assistant.
This triangle-formed automotive accent plugs into your 12V cigarette lighter socket. It works with each Android and iOS by auto paring (and reconnecting) to the Google or Assistant app in your phone. As soon as setup, Assistant may be accessed by way of the usual “Hey Google” hot word with four indicator lights.
Along with syncing together with your telephone, the Link Drive connects to in-automobile stereo methods by way of Bluetooth or the auxiliary outlet on older automobiles. This microphone primarily acts as a bridge machine between the two and may bear in mind some telephones.
Twin-noise canceling microphones on the JBL Link Drive tune out street, wind, engine and normal driving sounds. “Radio Barging technology” will quiet music whereas customers are issuing a command, with incoming cell phone calls additionally taking precedence.
Customers can ask for instructions, site visitors situations, climate, or calendar updates. For customers that don’t need to use the hot word, there’s additionally a multi-perform key that can start listening with a short press, whereas an extended one will mute the microphone, very like the change on the present sensible audio system. The JBL Link Drive shall be obtainable this spring for $59.95.