We all love using our voice assistants at home and on our phones, but if you drive a lot, you might be wondering about the best car accessories for Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant while on the road. We've compiled a list of some of our favorite gadgets, apps, and accessories for using these powerful services in a safe and pleasing manner while driving. We've broken down our recommendations into sections for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and universally compatible accessories for your convenience.
Best car accessories: Amazon Alexa
Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is arguably behind Google and Apple in the car, but that doesn't mean there aren't some cool gadgets that can bring the Echo experience into your automobile. Here are some of our favorite Alexa devices for the car.
Firmly in charge
This two-in-one device from iOttie will securely hold your smartphone in place and keep it in your field of vision while you're driving, but it has another trick up its sleeve. Amazon Alexa is built-in, so you can access the voice assistant from the app on your phone hands-free, with no need to touch or unlock your device while driving. You can ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, or display directions on the screen.
Two of my three family cars are not equipped with Android Auto or Apple Car Play, so this little device has been a lifesaver for hands-free smart assistant access. It simply plugs into the cigarette lighter/power port and enables you to interact with your phone's Roav and Alexa apps using just your voice. A nice bonus is that it has two USB-A charging ports, so you can keep your phone powered while you use it.
The Echo Auto is Amazon's first-party solution to bring Alexa functionality to any car. It has a slim profile with the iconic Echo LED light and a physical mute button. Although this image doesn't show it, it does come with an AC clip mount to keep the Echo Auto securely in place.
Keep it together
If you need a replacement mount, or if you see yourself switching your Echo Auto between vehicles, it never hurts to get a spare. This clip mount has the added benefit of putting the speaker closer to your mouth and the LED closer to your line of sight.
If you like the idea of having a display for turn-by-turn directions, lists, and weather, the DriveSmart 65 is the way to go. You'll get a really rick navigation experience thanks to Garmin's lengthy reputation and experience in the business.
Best car accessories: Google Assistant
If you're fortunate enough to have a car with an infotainment system, you might have access to a built-in Android Auto display. Of course, newer Android phones can serve as their own Android Auto displays as well. In addition to that excellent experience, here are some of our favorite devices to enhance the experience of using Google Assistant while driving.
Who needs acessories?
The easiest way to get the Google Assistant in your car is through this app that puts an Android Auto display on your phone. Then, connect your device via Bluetooth, and you're off to the races. Just be sure to pick up a phone car mount so that you're not looking down at your device while driving.
Alexa doesn't get all the fun
If you like the idea of some of the Alexa-enabled devices mentioned above, like the Anker Roav Viva, but you live in a Google Assistant world, then the Bolt is the device you need. It's even more compact than the Roav Viva while still including two USB-A charging ports.
This is one of the most popular and affordable aftermarket infotainment displays. It can work with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay and is the perfect conduit to Google Assistant. You can access favorite apps like YouTube Music, Pandora, Waze, and Google Maps at a tap or with your voice.
Best car accessories: Universally compatible
These accessories will come in handy regardless of which voice assistant you prefer to use while driving.
Look ma, no wires!
Even if you are fortunate enough to have a built-in infotainment display, you're still going to need to have your smartphone with you to access Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. So why not keep your phone handy, secure, and charged all at the same time with a Qi mount like this one?
Top phone mount
If you aren't concerned with built-in Qi wireless charging but still want your phone to be visible and secure, this car mount from iOttie is one of the best on the market.
No slip ups
An alternative to phone mounts or clips is a good dashboard pad. It won't be ideal for every vehicle, but if your car has a large, relatively flat dashboard, then you can plop your phone in this, and it will prevent the device from sliding around or moving as you drive, turn, or run over potholes.
This device works best with phones with headphone jacks, a dying breed, but there are still many out in the world. It works to eliminate the buzzing noise that sometimes occurs when the audio source (your phone) and the speaker use the same power source. Again, it's not for everyone, but you'll know if you need it.
Take your voice assistant on the road
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Whether you prefer interacting with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, the good news is that many of the best car accessories for Alexa or Google Assistant allow you to interact with one or the other (or, in some cases, both) safely while driving.
If you don't have a fancy infotainment system, we recommend something simple like the iOttie Easy One Touch Connect Pro for interacting with Amazon Alexa. It keeps your phone visible if you need to glance at the directions, yet it provides a hands-free way to interact with the Alexa app on your device.
If you prefer Google Assistant, the Anker Roav Bolt is a good hands-free option.
Of course, there are full-on infotainment systems for older cars that don't come with them to begin with like the Pioneer MVH1400NEX Display that works with Android Auto and Google Assistant or Apple CarPlay and provides access to tons of apps.
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Christine Persaud has been writing about tech since long before the smartphone was even a "thing." When she isn't writing, she's working on her latest fitness program, binging a new TV series, tinkering with tech gadgets she's reviewing, or spending time with family and friends. A self-professed TV nerd, lover of red wine, and passionate home cook, she's immersed in tech in every facet of her life. Follow her at @christineTechCA.