JBL Link Drive Brings Google Assistant Into Cars

JBL Link Drive Brings Google Assistant Into Cars

JBL Link Drive Brings Google Assistant Into Cars

by January 12, 2019

JBL has added a new Google Assistant-powered product among the portfolio it is showcasing at CES 2019. JBL has unveiled the JBL Link Drive that helps users to bring the AI virtual assistant to your car. The gadget has a built-in always-on microphone that lets you summon Google Assistant and access its suite of services. Users can do this while driving without having to take their hands-off the steering wheel.

The JBL Link Drive can enable users to use their smartphones to ensure execution of their commands. It is a very compact device hence it is compatible with almost all cars. The device needs to be plugged into the vehicle’s 12V socket (the cigarette lighter).  It must be paired with Google app on Android or iOS handset. Once this setting is done, users have to just say the now popular “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” — to activate the JBL Link Drive. Users can then ask for the nearest gas station, add things to their shopping cart, and do much more.

The JBL Link Drive comes with dual noise-cancelling microphones. It claims to improve voice recognition and works seamlessly even when the car window is down, or it is in a noisy neighbourhood. The Link Drive uses its Radio Barging tech to ensure that music or radio volume can adjust automatically as per the noise and you do not have to keep instructing Google Assistant to do the same. Users can connect the JBL Link Drive via Aux and sync it with the car’s speakers.

As for its price, the JBL Link Drive will be available at $59.99 which converts to about Rs 4,200 in the US. The device can be bought from the JBL website or from select retailers in Spring 2019.