November 13, 2007

Toyota InfoTechnology awarded patent for speech-enabled telematic systems

Dublin, California – Toyota InfoTechnology Center Co. Ltd. and Sybase iAnywhere have announced that the companies have been jointly awarded two U.S. patents on techniques to significantly improve speech-recognition-based interfaces. The patents are the results of joint research around speech-enabled natural language in-car interfaces.

The two patents build on Sybase iAnywhere’s Answers Anywhere technology, a natural language engine that enables users to interact with mobile, desktop and telematics devices.

“Free-from speech-based interfaces will be an essential feature in future car interfaces with hands-free, eyes-free interaction requirements,” said Ben Reaves, manager, Toyota ITC. “We find Answers Anywhere to be suitable for such interfaces and have been working with Sybase for years in order to perfect free-form speech-based interfaces.”

“These patents represent technological advances that will give drivers the ability to interact with vehicles in a smarter, safer manner, using their voice, in their own words, to control in-car telematics systems,” said Babk Hodjat, senior director of engineering, SyBase iAnywhere. “This is the result of years of effective, practical joint research between Sybase and Toyota ITC.”

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