Clarion Launches Google-Driven In-Vehicle Multimedia and Navigation System

Clarion announced today that its next generation of in-vehicle multimedia and navigation systems will feature advanced natural speech recognition as well as search and positioning technologies from Google.

The company said that by incorporating Google's cloud-based Google Places within its Smart Access connectivity platform, Clarion infotainment systems will give users access to the same type and level of location-based search services in their vehicles that they are already accustomed to on their mobile devices and at home. In addition, users will benefit from the comprehensive worldwide coverage and regularly updated content available through Google Places.

Clarion will also leverage Google Voice Search technology to bring reliable voice recognition to the vehicle which, coupled with Clarion's exclusive noise elimination technology, will allow its Smart Access–equipped products to recognize naturally spoken words for operation of the vehicle systems and online content while minimizing driver distraction.

"Interoperability with a variety of consumer devices, such as smartphones and tablets, as well as access to Web-based portals such as social media services, are rapidly becoming an indispensable requirement for in-vehicle information and entertainment systems," said Paul Lachner, president of Clarion, in a statement. "Clarion's ultimate goal for the deployment of its cloud-based Smart Access system is to offer a simple and uniquely seamless environment inside the vehicle for distraction-free access to vehicle systems as well as online content anytime and anywhere."

"Clarion's Smart Access infotainment system will provide drivers with a connected, secure, and comfortable in-car experience," said Richard Suhr, director of enterprise, Geo Japan and Asia. "The integration of the Google Places API means access to a rich and constantly refreshed database of over eighty million restaurants, stores, and other points of interest to explore. Send-to-Car will allow drivers to send a Google Maps destination like a restaurant, store, or park, directly to their car's Smart Access system and, with Google Voice Search, drivers will be able to safely discover destinations by naturally speaking their queries instead of having to type them."

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