US: ART's smARTcar technology unveiled at Paris
Voice dialling has already proven its superior safety for hands-free operation of mobile cellular phones. Now smARTcar deploys the same voice interface to activate and control embedded automotive systems -- lights, wipers, windows, a/c and heating -- and accessories like the car radio-cassette/CD player.
While voice activation may be the perfect solution for most situations, for some extreme-noise environments in-car natural handwriting recognisers can be more effective.
For particular systems handwriting may simply be preferable - like sending short text messages (SMS) over the cellular network or selecting a new destination for the car navigation system without taking your eyes from the road. Activated through fingertip writing onto a touchpad embedded in the steering wheel or console, this is as safe and accurate as voice control. Handwriting recognition also works for ignition security-lock control activated by a personal signature.
SmARTcar has fingertip handwriting recognition accurate to 93% on a bumpy road, while its voice recognition gives a 95% accuracy rate in a noisy car environment.