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In-car hands-free phone knows all

A Siemens subsidiary plans to release a hands-free mobile phone kit that reads aloud names of callers as well as senders of SMS text messages.

The Car Kit Professional Voice II should be available in Europe later this quarter, priced at £215, said Michael Leyer, spokesman for Siemens Information and Communication Mobile.

Once a person hears who the caller is, he can decide to accept the call without using his hands.

"Across Europe, more and more laws are in place that prohibit the use of a mobile handset while driving," he said. "With this product you can ensure that when on a call while driving, you don't have to touch anything. That's been the idea behind it, to do as much as possible by just giving commands with your voice."

The kit also features improved voice-recognition technology, Leyer said, which allows users to perform various functions, including placing calls and answering incoming calls, entirely by voice.


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