GetHomeSafe is a European Commission Collaborative Project (STREP) aiming to develop a system for safe information access (search, navigation, points of interest) and communication (texting) while driving as well as basic functionalities such as music management, address book, phone management search facilities and even social media updates. The project will develop solutions involving multimodal dialogue, where speech, a key modality, will be handled by a hybrid (local and remote) speech recognition module. In 2012, the project received additional funding for "Open Source Boosting" of the driving simulator OpenDS.
The overall aims of this project are to investigate, prototype and evaluate User Interface techniques that address search and communicative needs of people while driving. The voice recognition system exists already but the GetHomeSafe objective is to adapt existing solutions to the noisy environment of a car and its surroundings, and also to get out of the vocal state menu.
In the future, GetHomeSafe could also be taken into homes. Thus, this innovation may contribute to the development of intelligent homes that elderly or people with special needs could benefit from in multiples ways. By making the voice interface to the Internet available in the car and at home, GetHomeSafe supports and motivates them to use services which they may have been reluctant to use before.
The project is led by DFKI as coordinator. The other partners are Daimler, IBM, KTH, and Nuance.