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Feature   September 1, 2002   by CARS Magazine

IBM, Honda Develop Voice Activated Navigation System

IBM has announced it has provided enhanced voice recognition technology for a revolutionary new navigation system that will be a feature in select 2003 model Honda Accords. With this system, drivers c...


IBM has announced it has provided enhanced voice recognition technology for a revolutionary new navigation system that will be a feature in select 2003 model Honda Accords. With this system, drivers can ask for directions and hear responses over the existing car audio system, allowing them to easily and efficiently reach their destinations without having to look at maps or stop and ask for directions.

The new Accord will include the “Touch by Voice” navigation system powered by IBM’s Embedded ViaVoice technology and software developed jointly by IBM and Honda R&D. The new system has a vocabulary of approximately 150 English-language commands and can recognize a range of accents.

To get directions, the driver uses the “talk” button, located on the steering wheel. The system can recognize commands such as “find nearest gas station,” “find nearest ATM” or “find the nearest Italian restaurant.” It also provides driving directions to and from any specified address or location. The system also links to climate control systems for added driver convenience.