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2010 Audi A8 will boast handwriting recognition technology

 2010 Audi A8 will boast handwriting recognition technology
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Handwriting-recognition feature for navigation system will allow drivers to simply write out a destination name by hand

Reports have surfaced that the next-generation Audi A8's satellite navigation system will feature handwriting-recognition software so that drivers can enter destinations by hand rather than writing them out by dialing through the system.

The point of the new technology is to do away with cumbersome keypads and eliminating the need to use dials to select letters to spell out destination names. This way, the driver simply writes the destination by hand and the software recognizes it instantly.

Current A8 models also feature fingerprint recognition technology, so that a driver can return all of the car's settings, including seat adjustment, to their personalized preferences.

The new Audi A8 is expected to debut sometime later this year and go on sale in 2010.

But hey, isn't the whole point of a computer that you don't have to write things out by hand, olden times-style?

And how come voice-recognition hasn't worked out?

Technology: supposed to make things simpler - only makes them more complicated.

 

Published Aug 13, 2009 11:23 am By Alex Ricciuti
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Faithback
Touchscreen virtual keyboards seem like good enough for now... Garmin, iPhone, Nokia 5800 XM & N97 are reasonable examples... Problem of pressing the same key 3x by mistake due to road vibrations remains a challenge, but is managable.
Aug 23, 2009 1:06 pm
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radmeister
This is also good for europe and mutes. Voice doesn't work so well when you are going from lets say England to france, or france to germany, or italy or romania, or a country using a foreign language. Even less effective if you are mute, also a touch keypad is a pain in the ass, small area for the keys, plus more than half of the screen would be out of reach, and bumps in the road, try typing on an iphone with your arm fully extended out poking at it sitting in a chair while someone is shaking it, not so easy. This would put all your letters in 1 box closer to the driver, and save you using MMI wheel, or worry about foreign language pronunciation. I think it has it's benefits. You guys just havent thought of them.
Aug 18, 2009 7:13 am
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radmeister
I think the solution for a car in this segment (ppl with a decent amount of $) would be cellphone synchronization. Most people know where they are going before they get in their cars, most people have cellphones, most ppl that have enough $ for this car have a GPS capable cell. If your car had it's own cellphone # with txt messaging service and it could recognize addresses from txt messages that would be amazing. You search on your iphone or nokia nseries where you want to go click send address to car, and your car already has the address and route planned before you get in. Or lets say a friend wants you to meet up somewhere they send you a text message containing the address and your car recognizes it and BAM it asks you if you wish to go there, simple click yes or no. I think that would be really cool and useful, i mean Nokia has this already with their maps and contact geotagging, you can see where your friends that have nokia maps and enable the feature are. Why not use that in your car too.
Aug 18, 2009 7:08 am
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EH?
what they dont show on the screen is the truck hurtling towards them cos the audi driver has read the word incorectly
Aug 17, 2009 1:15 am
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dimeNickel
start looking at what you're writing, start erasing and after 15 seconds of trying to work it out, the a8 gets totalled
Aug 14, 2009 9:41 pm
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fattychrisbmw
whoever came up with this stupid idea should be fired, along with the whole design team, also the CEO... damn the whole damn company is stupid.. and the cars should be scrapped..
Aug 14, 2009 10:16 am
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catchmyshadow
lol mug!
Aug 14, 2009 12:56 pm
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BabyMilo
I have hand writing recognition on my phone and it is a pain up the ass to use, it doesnt always recognise the letter and so on. I would rather just have a touch screen with letters
Aug 14, 2009 8:50 am
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GRAVE
Writing while driving? this is unsafe! it will pull your attention from the road! This creation if fitted into the A8 will be one of the main reasons of death!
Aug 14, 2009 5:16 am
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mojtaba2
im an audi fan, but this tech is useless, specially when u have to input a destination letter by letter...
Aug 14, 2009 12:16 am
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sideskraper
Wait, why does it select HA when there is clearly a M scribbled into the console? ;)
Aug 13, 2009 9:00 pm
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eeoikari
Someone is going to Hamburg... H and A are already scribbled.
Aug 13, 2009 9:19 pm
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sideskraper
So why doesn't it say McDo..... ;P
Aug 13, 2009 10:09 pm
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eeoikari
I just wonder how well touch screens work when it's freezing outside and the car's interior temperature goes below 0 Celcius. Surely LCD screens work poorly anyway in cold temperature.
Aug 13, 2009 8:03 pm
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unknownuser
Touchscreen navigation is the most convenient that I've used so far. If this handwriting thing is anything like the ones in my smartphone than forget about it. It's really frustrating to use if you write really fast.
Aug 13, 2009 7:43 pm
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benzboy
The only problem with this I see is , that since I started using the computer, I dont hand write anything any amore and now I cant even read my own handwriting. could be a problem and I am not even a doctor!!
Aug 13, 2009 7:40 pm
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sideskraper
I know this is going to sound preachy, but that isn't natural.
Aug 13, 2009 7:48 pm
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tootall
It seems like to me, you may need to invest in a few remedial penmanship classes then.
Aug 16, 2009 12:14 pm
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catchmyshadow
handwriting is just 1 of the options, the system will also feature all the other traditional ways (language, MMI etc.)
Aug 13, 2009 6:32 pm
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Bristol411S3
This won't work for Right Hand Drive markets. How many drivers are left handed? It's tough enough scrolling through menus, but writing with our left hands to get to where we want to go? It ain't gonna happen.
Aug 13, 2009 6:27 pm
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carbonsigma
Good call.
Aug 13, 2009 6:44 pm
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sideskraper
What a load of clap. If you live in a RHD market and can change gears or adjust the audio system/satnav or play with the air con then you will be able to use this. You would be amazed at what you can do with your non dominant hand when you give it a shot. It's just rare for us to do that. That said what we really need in the Audi MMI system is a 1-9, *, 0, # keypad like every telephone in the known universe. Combined with a headup display. The selector knob is infuriating when entering characters/numbers. There is no standard reference for number of turns to a character or number. Truly infuriating if you don't want to pull off the road for 45 seconds to program something basic into the system.
Aug 13, 2009 7:33 pm
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Bristol411S3
Are you seriously comparing the dexteirty needed to write with that required to wave a stick round a gate? Maybe you could put up a sample of your handwriting; my bet is I could write smarter with a crayon in my arse. :-)
Aug 13, 2009 9:08 pm
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MTC
writing while driving? not a good idea I suppose. What's wrong with voice recognition anyway? even a Focus RS got one these days
Aug 13, 2009 5:43 pm
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moodyaaa
i don't c touch screen in cars is a good idea. it always get dirty, and sometimes u press 3 to 4 times to click a button. thats y we don't see them in BMWs
Aug 13, 2009 4:51 pm
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CarLife
I can imagine people frustrated over loosing the stylus or learning to write with the system.
Aug 13, 2009 4:37 pm
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afterace2
if it's going to need the stylus, than thank u very much, i'll use the nav wheel instead.
Aug 13, 2009 5:15 pm
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car-o-bar
why can't there be a pull out from the dash keyboard that can be used to enter the address in the navigation. Or have a laser virtual keyboard projected on the dash to enter the address.
Aug 13, 2009 4:27 pm
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Narco
Those are good ideas. I think as the tech gets perfected we will see easier versions of destination input. I'm actually at a loss as to how to make it easier since new ideas also come with a different set of challenges. I am surprised that voice recognition hasn't become the end all be all. I was expecting it to be much more advanced now than it really is. Fishes, Narco.
Aug 13, 2009 4:45 pm
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CH
The Problem with voice recognitionis that all around the world not everyone has the same language, and even though there are some aftermarket navi systems that understand spoken words they don't understand Swiss-german and will never do so. Also there are many different dialects of a language and therefore some people will have trouble being understood.
Aug 14, 2009 10:46 am
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howe2002
Why don't they have a suction cup attached to the headrest that will sense the electrodes in your brain to figure out what you're thinking? Or you could just pull over and check your Rand McNally.
Aug 15, 2009 12:02 am
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