Work and Drive: Wireless E-Mail for Your Commute

What could be a distraction to some drivers may prove a useful tool to countless others.

Intelligent Mechatronic Systems, based in Waterloo, Ontario, has announced that it is ready to offer what it calls the “world’s first hands-free and eyes-free e-mail solution for in-vehicle use.”

While hands-free calling systems have become commonplace, IMS boasts that its new system, iLane, allows drivers to receive and send e-mail while in transit and still keep their eyes on the road.

In a July 24 statement, IMS said that according to personal preferences, a driver can have his or her e-mail messages filtered and prioritized. While the important messages come in, the less important e-mails are filtered out, and the driver can keep both hands on the wheel.

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The company is not working with any wireless network, but its technology allows the user to download software that turns a handheld device, like a BlackBerry, into a voice-activated system, said John Reynolds, vice president of business development for IMS.

The company said iLane works with Bluetooth wireless technology and a vehicle’s audio system or a headset. It reads the messages out loud—in the driver’s preferred language—and will respond to the driver’s instructions.

“The presence of the driver is automatically detected by iLane, which then assumes control to intelligently capture and manage inbound information as soon as it arrives on the driver’s wireless e-mail device,” the company said.

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