New Study Proves Safety Benefits from Speech Recognition Use in Automobiles

[Nik's Comment: no surprises here in the results, after all, who is it makes in car recognition systems? :) ]

Up to Twelve Times Less Swerving and Three Times Better Reaction Time Seen When Using Speech Recognition to Control Music, Navigation and Phone Devices in the Car. Nuance Communications today released the results of a 2008 In-Car Distraction Study, which measures the positive impact to safety and response times when people use speech recognition to control their in-car systems. The new study revealed significant benefits when drivers were able to use their voice to select music, input addresses in navigation systems and dial the phone while driving.

The most significant finding of the 2008 In-Car Distraction Study is that speech-recognition significantly reduces distractions and improves driving performance while selecting music, making calls and using navigation systems in the car. Further, the data shows that speech recognition, combined with Nuance's natural language understanding technology, delivers the most dramatic benefits in reducing distractions in the car. Natural language understanding enables speech interfaces to accept multiple variables in a single voice command, such as "Go to Broad Street, Philadelphia" versus responding to independent prompts for city, street and street number.

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