8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Geneva, Switzerland
September 1-4, 2003


A Multimodal Conversational Interface for a Concept Vehicle

Roberto Pieraccini (1), Krishna Dayanidhi (1), Jonathan Bloom (1), Jean-Gui Dahan (1), Michael Phillips (1), Bryan R. Goodman (2), K. Venkatesh Prasad (2)

(1) SpeechWorks International, USA
(2) Ford Motor Co., USA

This paper describes a prototype of a conversational system that was implemented on the Ford Model U Concept Vehicle and first shown at the 2003 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The system, including a touch screen and a speech recognizer, is used for controlling several non-critical automobile operations, such as climate, entertainment, navigation, and telephone. The prototype implements a natural language spoken dialog interface integrated with an intuitive graphical user interface, as opposed to the traditional, speech only, command-and-control interfaces deployed in some of the vehicles currently on the market.

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Bibliographic reference.  Pieraccini, Roberto / Dayanidhi, Krishna / Bloom, Jonathan / Dahan, Jean-Gui / Phillips, Michael / Goodman, Bryan R. / Prasad, K. Venkatesh (2003): "A multimodal conversational interface for a concept vehicle", In EUROSPEECH-2003, 2233-2236.