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Visteon Announces New Voice Subsidiary

August 30, 2001

Visteon Corp. on Aug. 30 announced the creation of a new subsidiary dedicated to strategic product development and production delivery of speech recognition technology for the automotive and consumer markets.The new subsidiary, Infinitive Speech Systems, LLC, along with a joint development agreement with SpeechWorks, will lead the development of voice recognition software and embedded speech recognition to bring new, speech-enabled products and services for automotive market applications, telematics, multimedia, information services, personal productivity, banking, finance, and other applications."The initial development efforts of Infinitive Speech Systems with SpeechWorks are targeted at delivering Visteon's voice technology application commitments to our global OEM customers," said Brian Radloff, general manager of Visteon's Infinitive Speech Systems. "The creation of this subsidiary allows Visteon to accelerate the development of compact, portable solutions, which enable integration across a full range of telematics and multimedia products."Currently, Visteon Voice Technology(TM) is available to consumers on some production vehicles. It allows drivers to use voice commands in the vehicle to adjust the climate control, audio systems, and hands-free mobile phone with simple, voice-activated dialing capabilities in multiple languages.With the creation of Infinitive Speech Systems, application development will quickly continue to expand into vehicle systems such as on- board computers, palm devices and accessories, satellite digital audio systems, Bluetooth(TM) wireless interface applications, navigation systems, and MP3 radio systems, according to Visteon.The North American headquarters for Visteon's Infinitive Speech Systems is located in Newton, Mass., and European headquarters in Bristol, United Kingdom.About Visteon CorporationVisteon Corp. is a full-service supplier that delivers consumer-driven technology solutions to automotive manufacturers worldwide and through multiple channels within the global automotive aftermarket.Visteon has about 80,000 employees and a global delivery system of more than 160 technical, manufacturing, sales and service facilities located in 25 countries.
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