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Automakers at the North American International Auto Show seem to have turned away, somewhat, from the notion that in-car computer systems will be voice activated. Though there is general acceptance that voice recognition will play an important part in car computers, especially in phones and e-mail interfaces, BMW, Volvo and other companies are adopting some mouse-like “tactile” controls.

Despite the widespread belief, evident just a few years ago, that voice controls were the only way to overcome safety concerns about controls and interfaces that take drivers’ attention away from the road, other control systems are appearing. There is a frustration with voice recognition among automobile manufacturers that is attributed to the less-than-perfect state of the technology as well as consumer resistance.

For more on the move from voice, see eetimes.com. For more on driver distraction research, see computerworld.com and news.com.

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