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Road Trip!! With Your Navigator… Siri

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Siri will likely be taking on a new personal assistant duty soon – that of omniscient navigator.

Siri will likely be taking on a new personal assistant duty soon – that of omniscient navigator. A new article reports, “Traveling is pretty complicated stuff, if you think about it. It’s not just plugging in the destination address, and arriving, on time, with no changes or distractions, to the venue. There might be a last minute changes to the venue – that you find while you’re already on the way, and have to change the route mid-drive. You might be early for an appointment, and would like to just go to the nearest Starbucks to hang out in the meantime. You’re running low on gas. Will you be able to make it to the venue with gas to spare? Should you fill up now, or can you wait till later?”

The author poses several reasons why Siri will be the best co-pilot ever: “The obvious reason first – a voice command driven GPS reduces the number of on-device actions required – but this isn’t what would be new or novel. No, Siri can offer much more than that. First, here are the unique capabilities Siri has that will come in handy: (1) Siri is ‘stateful’. It is able to do multi-part interactions, essentially having a conversation with you in order to complete a task. (2) Siri understands location very well. It can understand maps, landmarks, searches centered around a certain location – anything but turn-by-turn directions. (3) Siri has context. It knows exactly where you are right now, where your next appointment is, who it’s with, and what the contact details for that person are.”

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