ATX introduces distraction-reducing text-by-voice application

  • 23-Jul-2009 09:25 EDT
According to ATX Group, recent studies show that one in four drivers admit to texting while driving. As text messaging rapidly continues to be adopted as a mainstream communication method, concerns are growing of the potential of texting while driving to cause distraction and accidents. So ATX has leveraged its experience in offboard speech-recognition technology to introduce in-vehicle, hands-free, text messaging via voice. The company is currently demonstrating its service, which Dr. Tom Schalk, ATX Vice President of Voice Technology, says is unique because it allows drivers to create and send completely customized text messages exclusively by voice while on the go. Applications will soon be available on select vehicle models and will 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.) The key to the ATX human/machine interface is simplicity, according to Schalk, which is achieved by accessing an offboard speech system through a hands-free audio system acoustically optimized for the driving environment.
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