Seat announced today a new navigation unit. The SEAT Media Audio Recognition Technology (SMART) uses state-of-the-art GPS plotting allied to a 20Gb hard drive loaded with voice instruction data to offer bespoke satellite navigation instructions.
The new SMART system features Automatic Regional Speech Equivalence software that identifies the area through which the car is being driven, and tailors its navigation instructions accordingly.
The automaker said that the idea is to ensure local drivers feel more ‘at home’ with the car’s satnav instructions, while those unfamiliar with the region and its dialects are given a valuable flavour of the district’s idioms before arriving at their destination.
So, for instance, a driver navigating his way through East London might be treated to the following soundbite by the SMART system: ‘Awright geezer, it’s straight on at these lights, innit?’
Meanwhile a motorist using his SEAT satnav in the West Country could well receive the following instruction in a typical Bristolian lilt: ‘Now then lovely, turn right at the T junction, mind.’
Drivers on a long haul from, say, London to Glasgow can enjoy instructions in a variety of regional accents or, if preferred, opt to select one dialect for the majority of the journey. However, the system always ensures that the last ten miles of a trip are directed using the most relevant local inflections.
Thus the final instruction for a Glasgow-bound driver might be: ‘Aye, right… you’ve made it at last then, eh? Yer numpty.’
British drivers are the first in the world to be offered the system, with deliveries of the first SMART-equipped Leon, Altea and Alhambra models beginning today.