General Motors Buick division has equipped their new Buick LaCrosse with an IntelliLink system permitting drivers to communicate with their vehicle. This makes the vehicle appeal to a younger brand of buyers who can use their voice to get the vehicle to do what they want.
One thing that usually makes voice control systems redundant is external noise, and this is where the Buick IntelliLink steps in while the interiors of the LaCrosse are quieter to enable voice commands to be better understood. Buick has experimented with various processes to ensure reduction of noise. The car if fitted with laminated window glass, triple door seals and liquid applied sound so as to make its interiors noise free. Every 2013 Buick will be fitted with IntelliLink system wherein drivers can control navigation, audio functions and smartphone applications.
Buick has a microphone hidden in its headliner which picks up commands while the system is also trained to respond to different accents and dialects not only of one but multiple drivers. This system is the handiwork of General Motors speech recognition engineer Robert Sims who is also renowned for the development of the first in car hands free calling system