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Visteon completes purchase of C-REC and SDX voice recognition technology from Lernout & Hauspie

Dearborn, Michigan (ots-PRNewswire) -

Visteon Corporation (NYSE:
VC) today announced that it has purchased C-REC(TM) and SDX speech
recognition technology from L&H Holdings USA, Inc., a wholly owned
subsidiary of Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products N.V.  This purchase
enables Visteon to strengthen its position in automotive voice
recognition technology, and also allows the company to enter
non-automotive markets such as cellular phones, PDAs and smart
To focus on the development and commercialisation of these new
markets, Visteon will form a yet-to-be-named subsidiary that will be
headquartered in Boston, Mass., with an additional office to be
located in Bristol, U.K. Approximately 30 research/development and
application engineers will concentrate on the advancement of speech
interface in automotive and non- automotive applications.
Concentrating on using voice technology as an enabler, the new
company will develop leading-edge speech solutions that will enable
faster-to-market delivery of new and innovative products in the areas
of navigation, communication, entertainment, in-vehicle computing and
audio systems.
"This acquisition strengthens Visteon's position as a leader in
automotive voice technology," said Peter J. Pestillo, Visteon
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, "and provides us with
opportunities in high-growth, non- automotive markets."
C-REC(TM) is a continuous speaker independent, phonetic-based
speech recognition engine that enables a wide range of applications
to the automotive telematics/multi-media market and has direct
applicability to non-automotive markets as well. SDX is a layer of
additional software that contains a programming interface and
application software that enables efficient integration of C-REC(TM)
into commercial products.
"We are truly excited about the purchase of C-REC(TM)," said John
Kill, Visteon's Vice President of Product Development. "With
C-REC(TM)'s leading- edge technologies, we will be able to continue
to provide our customers with innovative, speech-enabled automotive
applications for the increasing number of telematics service
These applications will enable users to access the Internet to
check e- mail, obtain real-time information such as news, weather
reports and stock quotes, as well as tap into array of speech enabled
services that allows the user to locate restaurants, banks and petrol
Use of speech interface in automotive devices eliminates the need
to manually control many dashboard level instruments, fostering a
safer operating environment by allowing drivers to keep their hands
on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
By applying Visteon Voice Technology(TM), users simply speak
commands in a normal voice to play certain songs on a CD, adjust the
vehicle's interior temperature, or place a phone call. The system
understands continuous and natural speech patterns without the need
to be trained by the user. Additionally, the technology recognises
commands expressed in regional dialects for eight languages.
Visteon Corporation is a leading full-service supplier that
delivers consumer-driven technology solutions to automotive
manufacturers world-wide and through multiple channels within the
global automotive aftermarket.  Visteon has 82,000 employees and a
global delivery system of more than 130 technical, manufacturing,
sales, and service facilities located in 25 countries.
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