The Essentials of Automotive Hands-Free Systems

This paper attempts to facilitate the task of choosing a hands-free system by describing key features and characteristics that contribute to system performance. After describing these features and characteristics, it presents a checklist which OEMs and Tier 1 manufacturers considering an automotive hands-free system for their vehicles can use to help them make their choices.


Phil Hetherington phetherington@qnx.com

Phil Hetherington

Phil Hetherington is Director of R&D at QNX, where he is responsible for all research, development, and quality assurance activities relating to speech and automotive acoustics. Prior to joining QNX, he developed three software programs for the analysis of neural clusters (AUTOCUT), hippocampal place fields (PFA), and genetic arrays (GAE). He holds over 47 patents in acoustics processing, and is an accomplished author and presenter. Phil has a B.A. in Psychology from Brock University, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from McGill University.