QNX Announces New In-Car Speech Recognition Framework to Understand a
New intent framework to bring power of AT&T Watson(SM) speech
recognition engine to wider variety of in-car systems and
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/07/13 -- QNX Software Systems
Limited, a global leader in software platforms for in-car
electronics, has announced a powerful new framework that will allow
speech recognition systems in cars to understand a speaker's intent.
The framework extracts meaning from the driver's spoken words,
enabling in-car systems to create calendar appointments, dictate
email or text messages, set complex navigation destinations, and even
perform general Internet searches.
The framework, which is a component of the QNX CAR(TM) application
platform, allows in-car applications to access AT&T Watson(SM) speech
recognition technology. AT&T Watson(SM) is AT&T's pioneering speech
services platform, which enables the development of next-generation
technologies that go beyond speech to power more advanced natural
language understanding and automatic speech recognition, among other
capabilities. The multimodal and multilingual speech engine runs on a
cloud-based server to provide extremely high-quality recognition with
Determination of the intent behind the driver's speech starts on the
server, where the AT&T Watson speech engine begins to analyze words
and fits them to known patterns. The results are then handed from the
cloud to the car, where the in-vehicle intent engine from QNX
Software Systems performs the remainder of the speech analysis to
determine how to act.
"Sharing the workload across client and server offers automotive
manufacturers and end-users the best of both worlds," said Andy Gryc,
automotive product marketing manager, QNX Software Systems. "The
server-side analysis, provided by AT&T Watson, is optimized for
complex scenarios, such as a navigation application in which the
driver may verbalize destinations in hundreds of different ways. The
QNX client-side analysis grants car makers greater flexibility,
enabling them to adapt the AT&T Watson results for a variety of
in-car applications, regional aspects, or personal tastes."
"For many of us, the most natural way to communicate is with our
voice. By working with QNX and opening access to our rich set of
speech technologies developed at our labs, we're making it possible
for more people to use the power of their voice to stay safely
connected in their vehicles," said Mazin Gilbert, assistant vice
president of technical research, AT&T Labs. "Delivering this type of
next-generation virtual assistant applications for the connected car
is especially important as we look at how technology can help drivers
keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel."
The intent system from QNX Software Systems is dynamically pluggable,
which allows the recognized vocabulary to change depending on what
applications are active, and to support new apps that are downloaded
to the car.
"Enabling natural, intuitive, user experiences is fundamental to our
vision of the connected vehicle, and providing our automotive
customers with the tools to create those experiences is fundamental
to our product strategy," said Linda Campbell, director of strategic
alliances, QNX Software Systems. "By providing a framework that
enables our customers to take greater advantage of AT&T's phenomenal
speech engine, the new intent system should help accelerate the
adoption of speech recognition across a broad range of vehicles."
The QNX CAR application platform from QNX Software Systems is a
comprehensive, pre-integrated software stack designed to help
automotive companies reduce the time and effort of building highly
sophisticated and connected infotainment systems.
QNX Software Systems has licensed its software technology for
millions of in-vehicle systems worldwide, including digital
instrument clusters, hands-free systems, multimedia head units,
connectivity modules, and 3D navigation systems.
Developed at AT&T Labs, AT&T Watson(SM)has been powering advanced
speech services in the marketplace for years. The technology reflects
more than one million hours of research and development in speech
technologies that has led to more than 600 U.S. patents and patent
The intent system will be offered as a component of the QNX CAR
application platform in 2013. Release 2.0 of the platform will be
available to the automotive community this month. Separate licensing
from AT&T will be required to use AT&T Watson components.
Panel participation at AT&T Developer Summit
Today, at the AT&T Developer Summit, Andrew Poliak, director of
automotive business development at QNX Software Systems, will
participate in the panel "Navigating the Connected Vehicle Vision."
The session will be held from 3:00 to 3:45 pm, at the Palms Casino
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connected embedded systems. Global leaders such as Audi, Cisco,
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technology for vehicle infotainment units, network routers, medical
devices, industrial automation systems, security and defense systems,
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