At its Comdex booth, IBM demostrated a prototype "Network Vehicle", a car featuring a combination of Internet, television, speech technology and GPS.\
The car contains technology from IBM, Sun, Delphi Automotive Systems and Netscape. It features LCD screens and audio headsets for all passengers. These screens allow passengers (but not the driver) to watch television, read email or surf the Web.
Data is sent and received using a flat satellite antenna embedded in the roof.The car includes a GPS navigational system capable of giving the driver instructions on how to reach a particular place. This navigational system can project the information onto the car's windscreen, but can also use text-to-speech technology to read out the instructions to the driver.
The vehicle also uses other aspects of speech technology. An adapted version of IBMs dictation software ViaVoice lets the user perform functions such as reading his email via voice commands.Another feature of the car is the Information Manager, a piece of software that searches the Web for information the user wants - such as stock prices. This information can then be read out to the driver when he requests it - again by voice command.
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