Voice-command tools are useful features to have in a car. These tools allow you to turn on your car’s entertainment system without having to take your eyes off the road. They also make it easy for you to find your way around without having to pull over to take out a map. Choosing which voice command tool to use can be tricky as there are so many to choose from.
So, we have done the hard work for you. Here is our list of the best 5 voice command tools you could use while driving your car in Singapore.
1. Apple CarPlay
Apple CarPlay is the first venture of the tech giant into the world of cars. Apple aims to make it safer for you to use your iPhone while driving around. At the heart of Apple CarPlay is Siri. Since Apple aims to make driving safer while using your iPhone, Siri is necessary to activate some actions using CarPlay. Siri can play the music you want to listen to while driving. It also allows you to “read” messages and respond to these messages without having to take your eyes off the road. Making calls are also easier using CarPlay since it allows you to tell Siri to dial the number you want to call.
You need to have at least an iPhone 5 running on iOS 8.3 to get the Apple CarPlay. It is compatible with cars from major car manufacturers, including BMW, Kia, Honda, Mitsubishi, and Mercedes-Benz, among others. So if you want to use the app, you may want to buy any of the brands compatible with the app. But, if you already have a car, you can buy a third-party multimedia receiver to allow you to use Apple CarPlay.
2. Clarion NX316A
The Clarion NX316A has a steering wheel control feature activates Voice Dial on to allow drivers to make calls while keeping their hands on the wheel. This is made possible through the integrated blue-tooth technology on the source unit and a compatible mobile phone.
The integrated navigation system of the Clarion NX316A also gives drivers directions through turn-by-turn voice prompts as well as route guidance to allow them to reach their destination without having to pull over and go over a map.
3. Parrot Minikit+
The Parrot Minikit+ is a user-friendly hands-free Bluetooth device that ensures drivers keep their hands on the wheel while making a call. The device also gives drivers the choice of accepting or rejecting incoming calls through a voice command.
The voice recognition can be activated by pressing the green button before saying the name of the contact. The device can also browse the list of contacts the driver has on the phone and simply validate the contact to be called at the click of a button. After the contact is validated, the call is placed.
4. Garmin GDR E560
The Garmin GDR E560 is a compact GPS-enabled driving recorder that allows drivers to save videos, take pictures, and start or stop audio recordings. Drivers can simply use the voice command feature to control the device. In addition, drivers can also start or stop the Travelapse feature of the device.
The 3.7MP high-quality camera of the Garmin GDR E560 is capable of recording 1440p videos even under low-light conditions. Its automatic incident detection feature also saves videos upon impact to show the events that happened in the accident.
5. Parrot CK3000
The Parrot CK3000 is another device that allows drivers to make calls while keeping their eyes on the road. After the device is installed by a mechanic at your neighborhood car shop, you are good to go. All you have to do is to say the name of the person you are calling and the device will dial the number for you.
The speaker of your car can transmit your conversation suitably at nearly all traffic conditions. You can also manage your voicemail using the browser button of the device. The Parrot CK3000 will state the different menu functions as you turn the device’s browser button.