Mitsubishi has just announced that they will be offering a multi-modal character-input interface for Chinese language car navigation systems, targeting such next generation systems. This human-machine interface (HMI) is able to accepts not only QuanPin but ShuangPin input as well through the use of PinYin phonetic symbols. Apart from that, it is also able to recognize handwriting and audible commands, giving you a grand total of four input modes.
With the multi-modal character input system, those who are interested in checking in out will be able to do so – assuming you happen to be in Tokyo anytime from November 23 to December 1, over at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013. It will be showcased alongside Mitsubishi’s EMIRAI 2 concept vehicle, which should by itself, draw a fair number of curious onlookers to the scene. Why concentrate on China? That country happens to be the world’s largest market for car navigation systems, and the demand from those living in China does not look as though it is on the way to a downhill decline. The many faceted features of the Chinese language, however, has revealed that there is a rather strong need for flexible character-input methods which would be easy to use for all Chinese speakers. [Press Release]