SVOX and Voice on the Go Pair Up to Improve Driver Safety
Voice on the Go, a provider of hands-free email and texting by voice services, has selected SVOX’s automatic speech recognition (ASR) and text-to-speech (TTS) technology to enable drivers to use their email and SMS messages while driving all by voice.
DriveCarefully is available for free to download on BlackBerry and Android smartphones. With it, subscribers can have their email and SMS messages read aloud.
DriveCarefully Pro, to be released shortly, will allow users to reply to email and text messages as well as callback senders by voice and will be available for BlackBerry, Android, iPhone, Samsung, Nokia and Windows 7 smartphones.
The ability to control mobile devices with ASR technology and to hear incoming messages and email with TTS allows users to not only stay connected, but also to operate their phone safely while driving. This technology can help users comply with laws prohibiting handheld use of mobile devices in cars and can ensure that people stay up to date with friends and colleagues while they are on the move./p>
“Texting and driving laws are pervasive around the world, but drivers still want and need to be connected and up to date,” said John McLeod, CEO of Voice on the Go. “We’re delighted to be working with SVOX to allow drivers to have messages read aloud and to control their mobile phones without having to take their hands off the wheel. SVOX’s speech solutions enable our users to interact with their mobile phones in an extremely natural way, making the technology easier to use and safer for the driver.”
“As the functionality and usability of smartphones continues to improve, users want to stay connected at all times – even when in the car,” commented Martin Reber, CEO of SVOX. “By controlling mobile devices vocally, drivers can continue to be productive in the car but can be certain that their safety, and their points on their license, will not be compromised.”