Microsoft has introduced an update to its Live Search voice recognition phone service. Mobile phone users will now be able to search for traffic and directions information from their devices using nothing more than their voice. Microsoft announced the latest addition to Live Search 411 family: Traffic powered by INRIX, a leading provider of traffic information. If you’re a mobile phone user, you can dial 1-800-CALL-411 and ask for Traffic to get real-time traffic reports in your vicinity or along a route. You can even personalize your experience by saving your start and end points, and then next time saying, “Home to work.” In addition to hearing about traffic incidents and slowdowns, you’ll get an estimated drive time so you can plan accordingly,” Yvonne Chou said.
Microsoft’s Live Search 411 also allows phone users to access a variety of information by simply phoning Microsoft’s search engine.