Vehicles over the years have used different ways to control a car’s functions; knobs, switches, sliders, buttons, touch screens, the list goes on. Now, voice control is taking the spotlight as the next way and GM is turning to colleges for help with the technology.
The 2011 OnStar Student Developer Challenge is running now through March 11th, and asks students from MIT, Carnegie Mellon and the Universities of Michigan, Texas and Toledo to build voice applications that allow drivers to interact with the vehicle’s infotainment system, provide location-based services, and/or integrate vehicle information to improve the driver’s skill. Students involved in the competition will have access to OnStar’s QuickFuse voice application development platform. The entries will be judged at the Where 2.0 conference in April with the winner walking away with a $10,000 developer package.