How to stay connected with digital life on the road

21st March 2019
Lanna Cooper

German Autolabs, the Berlin-based startup behind Chris, the voice AI enabled digital assistant for in-car usage, has announced its availability on Amazon. Chris is initially available for Android users, with the iOS release due later in 2019. Smart and safe, regardless of age and model, Chris can be retrofitted to any car with a voice-controlled infotainment system.

Millions of drivers want to stay connected to their digital life on the road, but using smartphones and handheld devices has made this largely unsafe and has increased distracted driving-related accidents.

Chris is a recent winner of the iF Design Award 2019, which can integrate with any car on the road - no matter the age and model.

Installation is easy: Chris is attached to the glass and paired with the phone via Bluetooth whilst the smart device displays the relevant information on a round colour display. The voice control system by Chris works differently from smartphone assistants even offline, i.e. without an Internet connection.

Chris supports the driver like a real passenger. Answer a WhatsApp message, start navigation, answer a call, or change music - Chris does it all thanks to intuitive voice control.

Simple gestures complete the operation: it only takes a few seconds to skip songs or navigate through navigation destinations. The most important apps and services are now available while driving: WhatsApp and SMS messaging, voice-controlled navigation with worldwide maps, convenient hands-free and wireless music playback from the phone.

Technical specifications

  • Size (excl. mount):  9.0x9.0x4.4cm
  • Weight: 250g
  • 2.1 '' TFT LCD colour display
  • Built-in voice-optimised speaker
  • Voice-optimised microphone array
  • Five microphones with beamforming technology
  • High resolution gesture sensor
  • Li-Ion battery one week battery life (standby), one hour (operation)
  • Bluetooth 4.2 + BLE
  • Connections: Micro USB (power)

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