As text messaging becomes mainstream among consumers, concerns grow about instances of using handheld devices to text while driving.
In light of these safety issues, ATX Group has used its experience in off-board speech recognition technology to introduce in-vehicle, hands-free text messaging via voice.
ATX, a telematics provider to auto makers, says its speech-enabled texting service keeps driver interaction with the system brief and easy, minimizing driver distraction.
“Although playback of text messages using text-to-speech applications is available in certain vehicle models, outbound texting to date has been limited only to pre-scripted messages,” says. Tom Schalk, ATX vice president of voice technology. “This service is unique in the market because it allows drivers to create and send completely customized text messages exclusively by voice, while on the go.”
ATX text-by-voice applications will soon be available on select vehicle models and augment the introduction of similar natural speech applications that enable hands-free, in-vehicle Web browsing, as well as search-and-send information downloaded to the vehicle (for voice-based replay or integration with the vehicle's navigation screen.)