Ford is integrating speech technology in new car models to control communications and entertainment features.
The use of voice to control such systems will also improve safety, as drivers will be able to keep both hands on the wheel.
Ford is using speech recognition and text-to-speech technology from Nuance, together with its own Ford Human Machine Interface, to enable drivers to control carphone, navigation and entertainment systems.
Nuance VoCon speech recognition and RealSpeak Text-to-Speech technologies will be available across Europe for the Ford C-MAX and Ford Focus starting next month, followed later by the Ford Galaxy, Ford Mondeo and Ford S-max.
The Ford Human Machine Interface (HMI) enables drivers to use voice commands to place calls, to enter an address to the navigation system, select the desired temperature, and control the audio system.