‘Chris’ wants to be your new best friend while driving

Although you may still be waiting for the day when you can relax and let your car drive you to work alone, at least you can have an assistant in the car to make your trip a little easier.

Of course, there are characters like Apple Carplay, Android Auto and, more recently, Alexa, but there is one more contender waiting to join the race for an assistant in the car.

& # 39; Chris & # 39; is a creation of German Autolabs, and raised € 278,720 in funds on May 2 through Kickstarter last year. The company has now made Chris available for pre-order through its website, currently selling at retail for 199 euros (approximately $ 225) with shipping plans in the summer of this year.

Like most other digital assistants, Chris aims to help you manage calls, send messages and easily stream music in your car without having to fumble dangerously on your phone. It has a 2.1 "TFT screen and is compatible with Android and iOS smartphones.What makes Chris a bit more special is that it supports maps and voice recognition without connection, so even if your data connection is phone is disconnected, you can still understand it or navigate it.

There are also, surprisingly, a gesture controls.You can move left or right to scroll through the lists, or move your palm closer or closer to control the volume or confirm the commands.Chris will be integrated with messaging applications such as SMS, email, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.Also you can stream music from Apple Music, Google Music and music stored on your smartphone. German Autolabs has said that the compatibility of Additional applications will come in the form of quick software updates, administered through the companion application.