The new translator feature is designed for commercial vehicle services, like ride sharing, to allow a passenger and driver who do not speak the same language to communicate. The system is powered by a SmartDeviceLink (SDL) enabled in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system. SmartDeviceLink technology is based on Ford’s contribution of its SYNC AppLink™ software to the open source community in 2013.
The SDL translator feature uses cloud-based translation services, and does not require the passenger to preload an app in their smartphones. Instead, the driver of the commercial vehicle will have downloaded the SDL-enabled app on his or her phone, and can start the system in the vehicle when a passenger enters the ride-sharing car.
“Being able to smoothly control and interact with an in-vehicle
infotainment system is now an integral part of the driving and riding
“What’s unique about this application of SDL technology is that it enhances the digital experience in the car for the passenger, as well as the driver,” said Oleg Gusikhin, Technical Leader of Advanced Connectivity Services and Mobility Applications at Ford. “This feature could help make the ride-sharing experience more enjoyable by aiding the communication between passenger and driver.”
SDL is an open source POSIX-compliant technology platform that allows
communication between smartphone applications and in-vehicle software.
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