January 07, 2010
Loquendo TTS Speech Technology Chosen for Alpine In-Car Unit
By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor
In a move that will provide drivers with a hands-free way of using their in-car media device, Alpine Electronics of America announced today it has integrated text-to-speech or “TTS” technology from a Turin, Italy-based speech technologies provider in its all-in-one audio/video/ navigation receiver.
According to officials Alpine, the new INA-W900 makes it easy for drivers to manage navigation functions and control their other digital sources while on the go.
Using speech technology from Loquendo (News
) that is both fluent and life-like, drivers will have clear, fluent voices that speak turn-by-turn driving directions, announce street names and freeway exit names. The TTS voices are available in U.S. English, American Spanish or Canadian French.
The INA-W900 receiver also includes over 6 million built-in POIs and uses an advanced GPS positioning system called “OnPoint” so the vehicle will remain accurately positioned on the map, even in tunnels or around tall buildings.
According to Mike Anderson, assistant vice president sales and marketing at Alpine Electronics, the offerings easy-to-use interface “will make this an appealing and versatile source unit for an aftermarket system of any size.'
Alpine’s INA-W900 was also recognized by consumer electronics experts with a 2010 CES (News
) Innovations award for the In-Vehicle Audio Category.
'CES Innovations Awards are a clear recognition of superior quality and state-of-the-art technology,' said Luisa Cordano, Loquendo sales manager for Embedded Technologies.
'We are glad that Alpine’s commitment to innovation has been recognized with this award, and proud to have contributed to this achievement. We believe that drivers will have a safer and more enjoyable driving experience, thanks to Loquendo’s lifelike voices.'
Stefania Viscusi is an assignment editor for TMCnet, covering voice and Voice over IP technologies. She also oversees production of TMCnet's e-Newsletters in the areas of Internet telephony and speech technology. To read more of Stefania's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi