BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : AUGUST 30, 1999 ISSUE
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INTERNATIONAL -- EUROPEAN BUSINESS

Where Voice Software Is Hot


PCs
Voice dictation programs that bypass keyboards sell for under $50 and will soon be built into computers by companies such as IBM and Gateway.

CELL PHONES
Voice commands will turn phones produced by Nokia and Ericsson, as well as U.S. rival Motorola, into Web browsers, a process that will speed up when Japan and Europe turn to high-speed, third-generation phones.

TELEVISIONS
Interactive digital television will mix the Internet with the tube and listen to voice commands. A rollout of interactive TV begins this fall in Britain.

CARS
Voice commands to power cars are five years off, as manufacturers carry out loads of safety tests. But German auto makers DaimlerChrysler and BMW are considered leaders.


DATA: BUSINESS WEEK


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