Steven Shankland at ZDNet:
XM Satellite Radio and VoiceBox Technologies announced a multiyear alliance Thursday to bring voice control to the satellite broadcast service.
The partnership will let drivers issue voice commands to search through XM Satellite Radio’s 160 channels of music, talk radio and other stations and to find personalized information such as stock prices, traffic and weather. The technology is planned to be available to automakers and to those producing aftermarket products in mid-2006, the companies said.
XM announced that it had chosen VoiceBox’s technology because it worked accurately in noisy environments. The technology is designed to let users control electronics with free-form conversational language, the companies said.
It’ll be interesting to see how well this actually works. Even if it is spectacularly accurate, I’m not sure that talking to it will be all that much better than fooling with the remote control for satellite car radios. If it’s fairly inaccurate, things could get rather exciting on the road.
Also in the article, XM plans to broadcast some signals using surround sound.