Fiat voice recognition now in two million cars

The groundbreaking Blue&Me system, which is available in the brand’s newer cars such as the Fiat 500 and the forthcoming 2012 Fiat Panda, has been fitted into its two millionth car this week.

The technology is capable of connecting up to five devices via Bluetooth and can show information such as satellite navigation and music information on a screen.

It allows the driver to operate the systems without taking his or her hands off the wheel thanks to voice recognition software.

The system was developed by Fiat and Microsoft and has been used in Fiat cars and vans for over 12 months.

The two millionth car to feature Blue&Me was a Fiat 500 Lounge fitted with a 1.2-litre petrol engine, Fiat’s best-selling car across Europe.

The satellite navigation system was updated recently with a Live option, which gives up-to-date traffic information for drivers.

Fiat says: “To drive in city traffic with total peace of mind, the “Blue&Me TomTom2 LIVE” device, which combines the advantages of an integrated infotainment system connected to the car’s network with those of a latest generation portable navigation system, is available on request.”

The new system includes speed camera information, Google local search, free software updates and even weather forecasts.

Other manufacturers have developed similar systems to Fiat’s Blue&Me. For example, Ford SYNC includes voice activation and brings together satellite navigation, music and DAB digital radio players and other functions in a single package.

Ford’s SYNC technology is available on the new Ford Focus hatchback and is expected to appear in all new Ford models in future.