Telepresence refers to the degree of realism created by a telecommunications system. A high degree of telepresence causes users to feel like they are physically present at the far end of the connection. This can result in a much better user experience. The combined use of technologies such as wider bandwidth speech (e.g., HD voice, super-wideband speech, etc.) and 3-Dimensional spatial sound (e.g., stereo telephony, etc.) can dramatically increase telepresence.

These High-Definition 3-Dimensional speech communications systems (HD-3D voice) could easily become the next “killer app” for telephony. The value of HD-3D voice is likely to be even greater in an automotive environment than other situations. This is because it also has the potential to reduce driver workload, and enhance interaction with multiple applications in the automotive cockpit. There are several technical challenges with implementing HD-3D voice including increased computational complexity, harder requirements placed on speech enhancement algorithms (e.g., acoustic echo cancellation, noise reduction, etc.), limitations of vehicle audio systems, and user interface design issues.

This web seminar will discuss the differences, unique advantages, challenges, and solutions associated with telepresence in the automotive environment.

Duration: 1 hour, including Q & A.

Who should attend: This seminar is best suited for software engineers in the automotive embedded market.

Scott Pennock, Product Marketing Manager, QNX
Scott Pennock has worked at AT&T/Lucent Bell Labs for 10 years, assessing and improving the speech communications performance of terminals and networks. He then worked at OnStar on speech technologies for 5 years and more recently, at Apple in the iPhone group. Scott received his B.S. from Michigan State University and his M.S. in applied psychology from the Stevens Institute of Technology. He joined QNX Software Systems in 2008 and currently works as Product Marketing Manager.