A Car That Listens To You - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Software // Enterprise Applications

A Car That Listens To You

IBM and Honda say they've developed a hands-free, natural-sounding speech-recognition system for advanced navigation in cars.

Talk nicely to your car and it may just listen and reply back. Honda and IBM said Tuesday at the Auto-Tech Conference in Detroit that they've jointly developed a hands-free and natural-sounding in-vehicle speech-recognition system for an advanced navigation application. Auto-Tech is sponsored by the standards organization Automotive Industry Action Group

The technology in IBM's Embedded ViaVoice software enables e700 commands and more than 1.2 million street and city names that are accessible by voice. Honda is the first car manufacturer to equip vehicles with in-car navigation systems using advanced speech recognition and text-to-speech capabilities that can identify spoken street and city names that exist across the continental United States.

IBM's Embedded ViaVoice software lets drivers speak any street address in the United States and receive turn-by-turn voice guidance to their destinations. The voice-recognition system enhances safety by eliminating the need for drivers to take their hands off the wheel or eyes off the road because it enables hands-on-the-wheel driving and requires zero typing on touch screens or manual dialing.

Honda says it will offer the system as standard equipment on the 2005 Acura RL and as an option on the 2005 Honda Odyssey in the United States and Canada beginning this month.

To create this advanced text-to-speech system, IBM and Honda research-and-development teams digitally processed hundreds of hours of speech recordings found in earlier-model Honda systems. The companies say they also produced hundreds of additional recordings to design this system. The result is a new type of speech synthesis that captures the characteristics of the human voice.

Features include a real-time traffic-navigation system, nationwide dining information, directions, and reviews, AcuraLink that communicates information between dealers and drivers, and HandsFreeLink that uses Bluetooth technology to synchronize personal cell-phone data within the car environment. The cell phone feature enables speech-enabled dialing on phones with built-in Bluetooth capability.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
10 Ways to Prepare Your IT Organization for the Next Crisis
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  5/20/2020
News
IT Spending Forecast: Unfortunately, It's Going to Hurt
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  5/15/2020
Commentary
Helping Developers and Enterprises Answer the Skills Dilemma
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  5/19/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Key to Cloud Success: The Right Management
This IT Trend highlights some of the steps IT teams can take to keep their cloud environments running in a safe, efficient manner.
Slideshows
Flash Poll