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Old 02-25-2014, 08:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I just got this email survey from good ol' Ford: Tell us which hands-free technologies interest you. Say what you mean " and see how your car reacts? Actually, this isn't far from reality. Voice- and motion-activated technologies are being put to use every day in our vehicles. Music, directions and communication are available with the sound of your voice.* And available features such as foot-activated liftgates can open with the kick of your foot. So what's next? You tell us. What hands-free technologies would you like to see next in your vehicle? O ** *I don't care. I'm happy using my hands. O ** *I'd like to see voice-activated power windows. O ** *There are lots of technologies that open things. I want to be able to say, "Close liftgate." O ** *Voice-activated cruise control would be nice. A sign they're throwing in the towel with MFT and making everything voice activated?
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I would say that they're interested in expanding voice activated systems as a means of bringing more connectivity features without running afoul of the anti-distracted driving sentiment currently prevailing among legislators.
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I think expanding voice activated systems is great, I use it often in my car for phone operation, but before they expand it they need to improve the rate of understanding of the commands. Repeating myself can get frustrating
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Anyone here remember a passage on Bob Lutz's book about a technology Buick was developing called 'Quiet Servant' that was pretty much "tomorrow's" voice-activated controls in its infancy?

Probably should've invested more time into refining that...
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Which book was this?
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Car Guys and Bean Counters. I believe Lutz axed further development of it; it had some elements of a debut in the '01 Bengal concept.
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