BMW, alongside leading technology companies Samsung and Panasonic, have all confirmed their support for advanced new voice-recognition software to be deployed in cars and home technologies.
Forbes reports the three companies have teamed up with Nuance, a speech recognition company which is currently developing more intelligent speech systems capable of easily deciphering different regional and country accents.
As it stands, voice-recognition software, such as the systems used by an array of production cars like the Cadillac ATS, can become confused between specific commands it is being requested to act on and unrelated speech, such as conversations between passengers. To help combat this issue among others, Nuance is developing a new language interface that is able to better understand the nuances of spoken language.
As the technology comes to the part, BMW has joined Samsung and Panasonic in pledging to deploy such a system, inevitably to its more premium models to start with.
Ultimately, Nuance hopes to have its speech recognition system utilized by a multitude of developers in their future software and eventually, robots which will be able to understand the complexities of language just like a human.
For us car folk, the continued development of voice recognition is certainly exciting as it should help eliminate some of the hassles of current systems. It should prove particularly useful with the roll-out of fully autonomous vehicles in the coming decades.
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