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29J.D. Power confirms auto voice-recognition tech is as lousy as we think

Let's just all admit that in its current state voice recognition technology is atrocious. The success rate even with Apple's Siri feels like it hovers around 50 percent and similar systems aren't much better. There are just too many possible accents, cadences and word choices to make the tech a viable proposition right now. Even worse, all of the additional noise in a car makes things less responsive when you try to bring speech recognition onto the road. One AAA study found that using a text-to

10Kirobo speaks in space with Toyota voice tech

We knew this moment would come. Partly because Toyota told us it would back in July, but also because we've been watching too many sci-fi movies. The moment in question is when a robot would hold a conversation with a human in outer space. Which may not seem that cataclysmic, but we're here to point out that a) this is the first time it has ever happened, and b) it could mark the beginning of the apocalypse, wrought on us by robots from outer space.

34Study suggests voice-controlled technology in the car is less safe than thought

Technology has become so mobile that we bring it everywhere we go, including behind the wheel of our cars. Thus, the cell phone in our pocket has become the main target of anti-distracted driving advocates, as making and taking phone calls while driving, as well as texting, have arisen as legitimate distractions from the task of driving.

74Did Apple forget to tell automakers about the new Siri button? [UPDATE]

Apple expects nine different carmakers to begin including a "Siri button" on their steering wheels within the next 12 months, the company announced this week.

21Ford improves voice recognition for SYNC, adds Send-to-Car for Google Maps [w/video]

Ford SYNC 2011 demonstration – click above to watch the video

5Torqualicious Range Rover Sport TDV8

This November, Land Rover will begin the sale of an updated Range Rover Sport that will come equipped with either a 2.7-liter, turbo-diesel V6, or a new TDV8 that produces 40-percent more power and torque than its six-cylinder brethren. Only you can't have either, because they'll only be available in Europe.

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