Nuance Communications, a provider of speech and imaging solutions, has announced that the Ford Motor Company will integrate Nuance speech technologies to provide drivers with unrivaled levels of safety and convenience when using the car’s phone, navigation and entertainment systems.
Nuance speech recognition and text-to-speech technologies will be available across Europe for the Ford C-MAX and Ford Focus starting in December, followed later by the Ford Galaxy, Ford Mondeo and Ford S-MAX.
The Human Machine Interface (HMI)-system in the new Ford models developed by the Bosch subsidiary Blaupunkt enables drivers to place calls, enter an address to the navigation system, select the desired temperature, and control the audio system all with a simple command by voice. The navigation solution allows drivers to enter their destination verbally being one of the most important features to increase safety and improve overall experience with a navigation system.
Joachim Creutzburg, marketing director of original equipment from Blaupunkt, said: We recognize the importance of speech technology to make telematics, navigation and infotainment solutions safer and easier to control. Not only do we offer our automotive customers the most advanced speech enabled solutions, our portable navigation solutions in the aftermarket also allow destination entry and control by voice.