Smartphones have become quite a crucial part of our lives. This poses a problem when you’re driving; a threat if you will. That is why adding AI to your car is very important so that you can focus on what matters. Dashbot is a gadget that does exactly that for a price of $49. With Dashbot, you can control maps, messages and music on your smartphone without having to touch it.
It connects to the smartphone using Bluetooth. You can use it by simply uttering commands. For instance; ‘Dashbot, play James Brown’ or ‘Dashbot, navigate home’. Dashbot’s AI takes care of the rest for you. You can even integrate Amazon Alexa support into this amazing gadget.
Dashbot comes in with a built-in support for podcasts, playlists and streaming services. Dashbot’s AI will carry out a search on multiple services to find you what you wish to hear. As of right now, it supports NPR One, Spotify, Podcasts, Google Play Music, Apple Music, Spotify and more. It even features open API thus allowing developers to integrate support for more services.
Dashbot has been designed so that it can be controlled 100% using your voice only. It reads the texts aloud, tells you whose calling and even announces turn-by-turn directions. This allows you to focus on the road and drive safer. It employs the use of far-field beamforming microphone array and digital signal processing to hear your voice. This means that you don’t need to scream for Dashbot to register what you said. It works perfectly fine with loud music as well. It even reads you your text messages back before sending them.
It gets plugged into your USB or 12V power port (cigarette lighter) and connects to car stereo via aux or Bluetooth. If you have an old car, the Dashbot Retro pack brings you a cassette adapter and FM transmitter. Dashbot is mounted to the dashboard using a small magnetic plate. The plate is attached using a removable non-marking adhesive and is compatible with all dashboards.
You can choose how to call it from either one of the three; Dashbot, Computer and Co-Pilot. You can also change its voice to your liking. If you opt for Dashbot Expansion Pack; it will tell you about OB-II info. This means that it will be able to tell you what’s going on under the hood and shall also identify issues within the car.
Next Thing Co., the company behind Dashbot is currently raising funds on Kickstarter. The campaign has 6 more days to go and has raised over $235,000. If all goes well, deliveries will begin in July, 2017.