Acapela Group, European leader in speech solutions, presents ‘Acapela Onboard', its solution entirely dedicated to the automotive market, during the American ‘Convergence' event. CarBot, also present at the exhibition, has chosen Acapela for its consumer embedded multimedia system. CarBot is the first easy-to-use and to set up, in-car entertainment computer system. It can be installed into any car that has a radio. Acapela's synthesis reads back emails or any other text that is sent to the unit via WiFi or wireless connectivity, using an extremely natural voice. With voice feedback, the driver can then navigate a collection of MP3s, or catch up on recent e-mails, news stories, or RSS feeds without taking his eyes off the road.
"Acapela's speech synthesis is essential to CarBot's user interface. The e-mail reader is one application that's really on the cutting edge, and the speech engine is at the heart of that. But speech isn't just about reading-oriented tasks. By making text-to-speech an integral part of our plug in API, we allow all our current and future applications to convey information through speech – so that drivers can operate CarBot without ever taking their eyes off the road », underlines Damien Stolarz, CarBot CEO.
Acapela Onboard, to keep on the right track…
Today, navigation and communication in general, are key concerns for car manufacturers : how can you activate services, navigate, read information, follow a plan without ever taking your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel ? The issue is : how to convey information, safely ?
More and more navigation systems, car radios and mobile phones have integrated speech solutions. Speech recognition (ASR) and speech synthesis (TTS) speech solutions can create a real natural dialogue, without endangering the driver. Many services can therefore be managed through speech via ASR and deliver information using Text-To-Speech technology : car navigation, traffic informationonboard alerts and diagnostics systems, communication etc.
"High-quality TTS enables applications that make safe, productive and entertaining use of commute times. » underlines Antoine Kauffeisen, Marketing Director at Acapela.
Acapela's Onboard solution has been especially developed to address the various constraints linked to the embedded environment. Acapela OnBoard is a compact version of Acapela's voice solutions and takes into account various issues such as size and memory, specific porting, etc.
Acapela Onboard already speech enables many existing cars thanks to its partners : Asahi Kasei, CarBot, Daimler Chrysler, Harman Becker, Magneti Marelli,Navigon, Navteq, Oki, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Siemens, Renesas, Tata, Temic,Telion, Viasat, etc.