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  1. Kirsi O'Connor
    Kirsi O'Connor December 1, 2010 at 9:10 am |

    As you say, speech technology is being used more and more for stop announcements. I’m surprised that a metropolitan like NYC lags behind. However, I find that automating stop announcements is even more of an issue for buses as the drivers have to pay attention to the traffic. I’d say that customer-focused transportation providers will implement an announcement system. Let’s not forget for example the vision impaired. If there are no announcements or the announcements are unclear or not loud enough, how are they supposed to cope? Or when you are traveling abroad, isn’t it nice when clear announcements help you get where you need to go?

  2. Kat
    Kat December 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm |

    Thanks for your comment, Kirsi! Yes, I agree, it’s so important in so many different ways. I did realize yesterday, while riding the E train, that there are some subways that are more automated (and complete with a digital map that actually shows you both where you’re arriving next and where you are going; imagine that). I guess it’s a problem that some trains are vastly better designed than others…but that’s a whole other story…

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