Vehicle-based Information Access
As the vehicle environment becomes enabled with navigation, media, and
other information sources, the conventional human-vehicle interface is
seriously challenged. Spoken interaction offers a viable option for
people to manage these ever expanding capabilities by reducing their
cognitive load - especially in hands-busy, eyes-busy situations.
We are currently exploring an urban navigation scenario where users
are asking information about businesses and landmarks within a city.
Working with engineers from BMW North America, we have adapted our
web-based infrastructure to interact in the vehicle environment so
that we can leverage on-board microphones, displays and controls. The
video below shows a prototype of the system. We have been recently
collaborating with researchers in the MIT Age Lab to perform users
studies with these more natural speech interfaces.
A. Gruenstein, J. Orszulak, S. Liu, S. Roberts, J. Zabel,
B. Reimer, B. Mehler, S. Seneff, J. Glass, J. Coughlin, "City
Browser: Developing a Conversational Automotive HMI," Proc. CHI,
4291-4296, Boston, April 2009.