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The problem with most voice-recognition systems in modern cars is the stilted, unnatural commands required to execute even the simplest functions. Cadillac is supposedly working on bringing more natural voice commands to market with CUE, but Pioneer and its new Zypr voice-to-cloud platform aims to take it a step further.
Utilizing a tethered smartphone or embedded modem, the new system listens and acts on commands based on conversational direction. Say, “Play some music” and Zypr responses with “Which artist?” or “Which source?” Tell the system “I’m in the mood for Thai” and it will list off the nearest restaurants, provide Yelp ratings and allow you to get directions and email the address to your friends. Facebook and Google integration is also part of the package, and since it’s all handled in the cloud, the expansion of sources and options is infinite. And Zypr won’t just be limited to cars.
Pioneer wants the technology to find its way into every consumer electronics device on the market (for obvious licensing reasons), and with Apple’s Siri functionality on the iPhone 4S putting a new emphasis on natural speech recognition, consumers will be demanding similar tech in almost everything they own within the next few years.

The problem with most voice-recognition systems in modern cars is the stilted, unnatural commands required to execute even the simplest functions. Cadillac is supposedly working on bringing more natural voice commands to market with CUE, but Pioneer and its new Zypr voice-to-cloud platform aims to take it a step further.

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Mercedes-Benz is preparing its new splitview monitor for the S-Class. It, on one screen will show GPS to the driver and movies to the passenger. The new feature will be launched in 2009.

If you’ve ever sat in the passenger seat of a vehicle with navigation and wished you could watch movies on it, your time is coming soon. Mercedes-Benz and Bosch are working on a Splitview navigation screen for the S-Class that features an eight-inch screen that displays two images at once courtesy of new adjacent pixel technology. (more…)

iDrive from BMW was the victim of much criticism and it seems with their most recent dashboard upgrade, it may have been worked out. Ditching prior compass-based interfacing, the new iDrive employs a hierarchical vertical menu system, like the iPod, mixing it with an Xbox 360 interface. Apart from the faster navigation this provides, they have also included new features to make it faster and more useful:

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Pioneer is introducing navigation systems that will avoid the high price of gas by directing drivers to less expensive stations – the brand new Pioneer AVIC-F series. (more…)