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OnStar to use IBM speech recognition

ARMONK, N.Y.-Telematics giant OnStar said it will use speech-recognition technology from IBM Corp. in its new lineup of 2004 vehicles. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

OnStar will use IBM’s Embedded ViaVoice product along with its Websphere Voice Response software and eServer pSeries systems for voice-interactive services. IBM said the development will be supported by its Global Services division.

“We’re proud to be teaming with the clear front-runners in in-vehicle safety and security services,” said Frank Roney, managing director of IBM’s General Motors Global Account. “At IBM, we see voice technology as fundamental to the automotive telematics value proposition, and we are delighted that OnStar has chosen our industry-leading interactive voice technologies as the foundation of their new, Gen6 applications.”

Research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics predicts the market for telematics in North America, Western Europe and Japan will grow from $5 billion in 2000 to $20 billion in 2007.

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