Every week at GM’s testing facilities, the Buick IntelliLink system has its touchscreen buttons pushed more than 2 million times. This is to ensure that the system responds to drivers every time they get behind the wheel.
The IntelliLink system is able to complete multiple functions at the same time, including navigating your route, adjusting climate controls, playing your music, and even placing phone calls. With so many things happening at the same time, the computer system can sometimes get overworked, which is why GM engineers put the system through exhaustive testing.
A “state-of-the-art automated test bench” is connected to the system and runs it through tests faster than any human can. It can simulate 210 days of continuous in-car use all within one week.
“We test our systems in real vehicles, but as humans, we can only log so many hours inside a car,” said Robert Rimkus, engineering group manager for GM’s Next Generation Infotainment systems, in a statement. “These automated test stations help us push IntelliLink to its limits, ensuring customers get a system that’s consistently reliable in their own vehicles.”
The automated tests aren’t just mashing buttons; they are taking real world scenarios and working through them—an example includes the inputs a driver would make during a road trip from Detroit to Chicago. With these real world tests, engineers are able to make sure everything works the way it should.
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Hands-free calling and voice commands are great features to have in your car, as long as your car is able to recognize and execute the right command. When road noise interferes as you are trying to give you car a command, a request to “call Laura” can easily be misinterpreted to “play Pandora” and suddenly you find yourself frustrated and distracted as you try to undo what just happened.
The advanced Buick LaCrosse and its forward-thinking technology are more than prepared to remedy situations like this. LaCrosse features QuietTuning technologies reduce, block, and absorb interior noise with features like triple door seals, laminated window glass, and liquid applied sound deadening. Standard on every 2013 Buick, the IntelliLink infotainment system can control navigation and audio functions through voice commands. Of course it is also a hands-free calling system. IntelliLink is so smart that it has speaker adaptation which trains the engine to recognize different accents or dialects, making it compatible for any driver.
“There’s definitely an advantage when we’re developing voice controls in a quieter cabin,” said Robert Sims, General Motors speech recognition engineer. “The system’s ability to hear a command relies on SNR, or signal-to-noise ratio. If noise is extremely low like it is in the LaCrosse, the use’s voice, or signal, cab ne lower. In other words, a LaCrosse driver can easily speak to the IntelliLink system at a normal, conversational volume.”
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