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AT&T Drive Studio Now Features VoiceBox Voice-controlled Apps

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AT&T Drive Studio Now Features VoiceBox Voice-controlled Apps


January 14, 2014

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

VoiceBox Technologies Corporation, a natural language specialist, announced its voice controlled applications are featured in AT&T (News - Alert) Drive Studio.

AT&T Drive Studio is a dedicated facility for connected car innovation and research. It features a working lab and a showroom that will allow the company to build and show off its innovations.  The facility will be the primary location for creating the future of connected cars, officials at AT&T said. AT&T is the first carrier to open such a facility.

VoiceBox specializes in Natural Language Understanding (NLU) and Conversational Voice Technology used to help people find content and control their devices using natural, everyday speech. The app runs on in-car systems, smartphones, smartTVs and other home systems. It is being shipped for use in vehicles from Toyota, Pioneer, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, TomTom (News - Alert), Renault and Mazda. 

The Patent Power Scorecard recently ranked VoiceBox’s intellectual property as among the most Creative and Impactful in the world, said Victor Melfi, VoiceBox’s CSO.  The patented Content Management in VoiceBox allows its applications to break the traditional one-question-one-answer voice search paradigm to create a truly natural, conversational experience, he added.

“The sky’s the limit in the Drive Studio,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, emerging devices, AT&T Mobility. “Speech control is absolutely critical to a safe driving experience. We’re excited to work with an industry innovator like VoiceBox to unlock the power of infotainment and connectivity in the car.”

In a similar development recently, AT&T  formed partnership with Tesla, which designs and manufacturers electric vehicles, to deliver connected car solutions. The partnership was unveiled at CES (News - Alert) 2014.

Under this partnership, AT&T will be able to power the company’s remote engine diagnostics, telematics and Internet radio. Users will also be able to surf the Web, get live traffic and weather reports and top of the line navigation, Tesla said.

In addition to these developments, AT&T has also initiated AT&T Drive, the company’s automotive solution and development platform that allows automakers to choose what services and what capabilities their connected cars can have.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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