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Mobile Speech Set to Grow During the Next Five Years
Independent market analysis firm Datamonitor applications, making use of advanced ASR for input and text-
to-speech for audible, eyes-free navigation output. However, as
has issued a new report anticipating a growing telematics systems are becoming standard features in more ve-
global market for advanced automatic speech hicles, the need for stand-alone PNDs has waned. This, in
combination with slower consumer spending since the reces-
recognition (ASR). sion and the propagation of mobile handsets with GPS navi-
The report, authored by associate analyst Ryan Joe and gation applications, has proved disruptive to PND sales.
released May 20, anticipates that the global market for ad- A slowdown for PNDs won’t translate into a slowdown
vanced ASR in mobile handsets is set to increase more than for providers of the underlying technology, though.
threefold in the next five years. “PND device manufacturers typically mix and match to
Currently, Datamonitor assesses the market’s worth at avoid vendor lock-in,” Joe wrote in an email to Speech Tech-
$32.7 million. Some of the advanced ASR features the an- nology—a statement that suggests, conversely, that vendors
alyst firm expects to find in an increasing number of mobile aren’t locked in to an overdependence on PNDs.
handsets include command and control—which allows “Providers of enabling tech will be fine,” he adds. “Growth
users to access the phone’s functionalities via voice com- in PNDs is slowing, but that’s because navigational applica-
mand—voice dialing, and voice search, which allows for tions are being incorporated and will likely become standard
search engine functionality over a voice modality. in other places, li