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EB Brings Advanced Navigation And Speech Features To VW Golf VII

Elektrobit (EB) helped develop Volkswagen's new Golf VII infotainment system.
Posted Dec 19, 2012
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Elektrobit (EB), a developer of embedded technology solutions for the automotive and wireless industries, helped develop the navigation and user-experience features in the new Volkswagen Golf VII standard infotainment system, which includes robust voice capabilities.

Panasonic Automotive Systems developed the head unit as a complete system, hardware and software, with EB providing navigation, speech dialog software and HMI tooling for the highly sophisticated system.

Consumers will greatly benefit from EB's navigation solution for Volkswagen's new modular infotainment platform. For the first time, drivers will have access to EB's navigation offering that includes rich graphics for mapping and convenient speech features.

EB's technically advanced navigation software offers drivers attractive views, selection of alternative routes and integrated voice control. The infotainment system also features voice control that has been developed with the speech dialogue software EB GUIDE Speech Target Framework and features convenient speech destination entries for more than 50 countries.

"We at EB are proud that Volkswagen Group uses our navigation and speech dialogue technologies," said Martin Schleicher , vice president for Infotainment Products at EB. "With the new Golf VII, consumers experience a new level of driving. EB software enables Volkswagen to offer the latest technologies in their vehicles fast and efficiently."

Dr. Gabriel Schwab, technical project lead MIB at Volkswagen, explained that "infotainment systems like Volkswagen's new modular infotainment platform have become a major differentiator for vehicle manufacturers. "The demands regarding infotainment systems are rising perpetually, not only because more and more functions become available, but also because their design and character are becoming increasingly important for the brand character, no matter if a volume or high-end model."

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