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June 06, 2011

Cars Can Be Safely Controlled Through Speech Recognition Technology

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Think of the ways technology has transformed your car. Today it’s practically your mobile office, isn’t it? You get in and program the GPS to show you where to go, a synthetic voice reads your emails to you, and your reply is dictated with speech recognition software, “telephone calls are made and messages sent, without you being distracted or even taking your eyes off the road or hands off the wheel.”

According to officials of Loquendo, there’s a whole lot more possible with voice synthesis and voice recognition technology when it comes to your car. They can see a world where you can use voice commands to adjust the air conditioning, control the radio and search for certain songs “simply by expressing yourself naturally.”

There are on-board vehicle safety systems using TTS which read out information such as the level of fuel consumption, Loquendo (News - Alert) officials said. With Loquendo’s voice synthesis and recognition technologies that have been created for the automotive environment, you can create applications that are easy to use for navigation, reading emails and text messages, and having voice access to telephone directories and multimedia content, the company website reveals. 

Loquendo officials are indeed correct when the say that one of the main areas of use of voice technologies for cars is navigation: “The integration of voice synthesis and voice recognition in satellite navigators, be they portable or integrated into the car, allows a more accurate and complete navigation service for reading directions and other dynamic information, and for users to enter destinations directly by voice.”

To this end, then, Loquendo TTS for Automotive is currently available, offering synthetic voices able to read texts in many languages, and pre-recorded messages, so ensuring the same voice for all messages, together with Loquendo ASR for Automotive, a system designed to work in noisy in-car environments.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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