Schwarzenegger Bans Texting while Driving. Where’s the voice recognition?

By | September 25, 2008

Drivers will be banned from text messaging while operating a motor vehicle starting Jan. 1 under a bill Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Wednesday. …

Drivers caught texting while driving will face fines of $76 for a first offense, including state and local fees, under Senate Bill 28 by Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto.

In July, California banned drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving, essentially requiring them to use hands-free headsets in the car. That law already banned juvenile drivers from sending text messages while driving, but it did not prohibit adults from doing so. – sacbee

This will save lives. Good idea. But let’s have a phone that types what you say and sends it as a text message. Voice recognition for cell phones, has been on the way for years. Is anyone really using it yet? How does it work?  See this:

World’s fastest texter gets pwned by voice recognition

A young lad by the name of Ben Cook might be able to school his pals with his lightning-quick text messaging skillz (he even prefers plain ol’ multi-tapping to predictive text) but one company set out to prove that the world’s fastest texter is still no match for voice recognition. Nuance Communications is gearing up to release its Mobile Speech Platform to carriers — a system that’ll ultimately allow users to dictate SMSes, among other tasks — and they obviously needed some high-profile way to get the word out, like picking on Ben Cook, for example. For the contest, Nuance pitted its software against Mr. Cook and two Nuance employees packing QWERTY and T9 devices, throwing them each this little tidbit of everyday conversation: “The razor toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygo centrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.” Our world record holder finished in 48 seconds — not bad, considering he was doing it without any predictive assistance — but the software spanked everyone with just 16 seconds on the clock. Now we just need to take a hard look at why one would dictate an SMS (versus, say, placing a phone call) and we’ll be jumping right on the bandwagon.  – engadget

I found one service that will do it for 49 cents per message. Some services supposedly use human transcribers in India who listen to your message and then send it along as text.

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See…. but I’d rather just have this built in to my phone so I don’t have to get ads. Here is some Dr. Phil on the issue.

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