In-car Speech Systems for Older Adults: Can they help and does the Voice Matter?

By Mary Zajicek.

Published by The Technology Collection

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The qualities of the voice used in in-car speech systems for older adults can significantly affect driving performance and acceptance.

Keywords: Speech systems, Older adults, In-car information systems, Usability testing, Driving performance, Driving simulator

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 2, Issue 6, pp.55-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.314MB).

Dr Mary Zajicek

Dr Mary Zajicek is leader of the Speech Project in the Department of Computing, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK where she researches speech systems, including memory support systems, for older adults. She also develops and teaches courses on the Human-Computer Interface. She has published widely on interface design methodologies for older adults including the use of interface design patterns, and has published her own speech dialogue design patterns for older adults. She won the British Computer Society IT Award for Innovation and a Microsoft MSAA Award for BrookesTalk a Web browser for blind and visually impaired people. Under an award from ONCE the Spanish Association for the Blind, BrookesTalk has also been translated into Spanish. Recent work covers in-car speech systems for older adults with Toyota Information Technology Centre, Palo Alto and Stanford University, and work on memory jogging system for older adults which enable them to live independently for longer.

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