An ON-ROAD PA

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - The Buzz -

The road ahead for busy mums could be a lit­tle less hec­tic, with your car of the fu­ture be­ing able to pro­vide ex­tra as­sis­tance and even em­pa­thy in the form of a per­sonal assistant. The sys­tem will work by read­ing your tone of voice and fa­cial ex­pres­sions to cheer you up, of­fer ad­vice, re­mind you that you’re run­ning low on nap­pies and keep you alert on long drives. “Voice com­mands like ‘I’m hun­gry’ to find a restau­rant, and ‘I need cof­fee’, have al­ready brought Ford’s in-car con­nec­tiv­ity sys­tem, SYNC 3, into per­sonal assistant ter­ri­tory,” says Mareike Sauer, voice con­trol en­gi­neer at Ford of Europe. Cloud-based voice con­trol is an­tic­i­pated to be avail­able in 75 per cent of new cars by 2022, and it is pre­dicted that fu­ture sys­tems will evolve into per­sonal as­sis­tants that shuf­fle ap­point­ments and or­der take­away when you’re held up in traf­fic.

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