While it may be tempting to check your messages, make phone calls or checking something on your smartphone while driving, it’s never a good idea. But thanks to Anker Roav Bolt car charger with built-in Bluetooth connectivity and a microphone array, you can perform those tasks through Google Assistant while keeping your eyes on the road.
Anker Roav Bolt key features and specifications:
- Voice Chip – Far-Field Voice Processor
- 2x MEMS Microphones
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Noise cancellation, acoustic echo cancellation
- Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.2
- Misc – 1x physical button used to trigger GVA (Google Voice Assistant), 4x RGB LED
- Power Input – 12V-24V cigarette lighter sockets
- USB Output – 24W, 5V/2.4A max per port, Anker PowerIQ Technology
So you get to charge your phone, while it is connected to your car audio system over Bluetooth or the audio jack, and make calls, start listening to a podcast, or ask for directions through Google Assistant, even if your phone is locked. You can trigger the assistant with either say “Hey Google” or pressing the physical button on the assistant. The table below shows the advantage of using Roav Bolt instead of the phone only.
You’ll find more details in the product page in a user manual, and you can purchase Anker Roav Bolt on Walmart or Best Buy. Car chargers optimized for Google Assistant appear to be a new product category officially supported by Google, as I found out about it on Google Blog, and Hartman unveiled their own JBL Link Drive car charger at CES 2019 earlier this year. JBL Link Drive is not available yet, but is expected to sell for around $60.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.