Ford Latest Developments in the Field of Voice Control

March 6, 2013 at 9:22 am

Ford spoke about the latest developments, on which its experts are working together with the staff of Nuance Communications. It is a recognizable leader in the field of voice control. The aim of the developers is to create a system that allows the driver to directly “talk” with his car. In part, this goal has been achieved: many models are already equipped with a system Ford SYNC, which understands commands like “call (name from the contact list)” or “play (artist name).” The system is already being used by some cars in the U.S. and will soon be in Europe. The first car with SYNC on the European market will be B-MAX.

Ford car with SYNC

Image of the Ford car with SYNC

Developers “educate” the American system of British English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Dutch, Russian and Turkish, in some cases, they not only had to translate from one language to another, but also account for some of the local dialects. “Adaptation of the SYNC for the European market is an important step for our company,” – said the head of the European Research Center for Ford.

front SYNC panel at Ford car

Image of the front SYNC panel at Ford car

In the near future, SYNC will learn to understand 19 languages, and in 2015, Ford hopes, it will become popular all over the world, if its distribution corresponds to the preliminary plans of the company, less than in two years SYNC system will be used by 3.5 million drivers in Europe and 13 million – in the world.

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