BURLINGTON, Mass.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Nuance Communications, Inc., a leading provider of speech solutions, today announced findings that show consumers will take advantage of automobile voice recognition capabilities if they’re built in. In fact, eight out of nine respondents who own speech-enabled in-car systems and navigation devices regularly use the voice recognition capabilities. The Automotive Voice Interface User Survey conducted by Maix Research and Consulting also revealed a high degree of satisfaction among 73 percent of users that will lead them to recommend the technology to friends and family, as well as plan to repurchase automobiles with speech-enabled functions in the future.
“The results of this study complement additional market data that more and more drivers are becoming not only familiar, but reliant on voice-enabled in-car systems and navigation devices”
The study surveyed 473 auto owners with voice recognition systems and focused on the usability of current in-car voice recognition systems deployed in the market, including many popular systems such as the Ford SYNC ™ powered by Nuance speech technology. The research found that the majority of respondents favored voice-enabled systems for their ease of use and ability to reduce the driver distractions often posed by manual input systems. The study also discovered that:
“The results of this study complement additional market data that more and more drivers are becoming not only familiar, but reliant on voice-enabled in-car systems and navigation devices,” said Arnd Weil, general manager and vice president, automotive solutions, Nuance Mobile. “Voice recognition technology has tremendous benefits when applied to in-car infotainment systems and navigation devices, particularly in reducing driver distractions and in some cases stress as demonstrated in this study. And the technology is only improving to become even more intuitive and natural, as Nuance is dedicated to providing consumers with solutions that enable a comfortable dialogue with their cars.”
This Maix Research study focused on usability complements the findings from Nuance’s 2008 In-Car Distraction Study conducted by the University of Braunschweig in Germany, which found in-car voice recognition systems significantly reduce driver distractions as compared to manual input of navigation, telematics and entertainment systems. The analysis of drivers’ eye movements revealed that voice commands help drivers keep their eyes on the road, reducing driver distraction to almost zero for music selection and less than 10 percent for phone dialing and destination entry. On average, speech helps keep drivers eyes on the road 200 percent to 300 percent better than manual input.
Today, Nuance Automotive solutions can be found worldwide in more than ten million cars, representing more than 100 models from all virtually major car manufacturers, including Mercedes, Fiat and Ford. Nearly all of the major portable navigation device manufacturers, including TomTom, Magellan, Medion and Navigon are already delivering improved safety and ease of use for the automotive consumer by using Nuance speech recognition to enable voice destination entry or speech synthesis for voice guidance. For more information, please visit: www.Nuance.com/Automotive
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