It’s no secret that road trips tend to run smoother without constantly stopping for directions. And, with that in mind, IBM Corp. and Honda Motor Co. Inc. have joined forces to bring the “Touch by Voice” navigation system powered by Big Blue’s ViaVoice technology and software to select 2003 model Accords. The Touch by Voice system uses IBM’s speech technology in its command and control form of Automatic Speech Recognition that uses human speech to input commands into a mobile device. With the system, Accord drivers can ask for directions without taking their hands off the wheel using a “talk” button located on the steering wheel. Touch by Voice also recognizes commands like, “find nearest gas station,” or “find nearest Italian restaurant,” according to the companies. The system is integrated into the Accord’s audio system and driving instructions are heard over the car’s speakers. Touch by Voice also links to climate control to keep passengers cool and collected while on the road.

The new Accords are set for release in early September.

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