Biographical Information

Thomas Schalk

Thomas Schalk, Ph.D., is vice president of voice technology at Agero, a company that provides telematics services to the automotive market. He is a member of the AVIOS board of directors and a former president of the organization. He can be reached at

Articles by Thomas Schalk

Speech Recognition and the Connected Car

The in-car speech experience is moving from basic command and control to natural interactions with automotive assistants

Beyond Speech in the Car

Automotive safety calls for a holistic approach.

Speech Drives Safety Solutions for Cars

Distractions like texting and navigation systems call for safer user interfaces, and the industry is responding

Hands-On: An Interactive Display

Lab sessions gave companies the opportunity to showcase their latest products.

Beyond Voice Search

The mobile user interface reaches a new level.

VUIs in Vehicles: Meeting Customer Expectations

How well do automotive speech-enabled interfaces meet customer expectations? One could say that it depends on the application, but beyond voice dialing, the room for improvement seems endless. In fact, it has only been recently that the usability of in-vehicle voice technology has begun to meet customer expectations.

Speech in the Car

Defined as the integration of telematics and interactive speech technology, voice telematics makes it practical to use an audio interface to do things while driving. Driver distraction is minimized because eyes can be kept on the road.

The Evolution of Global Speech Technology

The voice user interface is evolving into a standard means for communication between humans and technology and is having a profound influence on the way people live. As such, the market for these speech applications is growing worldwide. Following necessary research and development, multilingual product offerings continue to expand, particularly for countries where more advanced telecommunications technology is common.