JP2001056233A - On-vehicle voice information service device and voice information service system utilizing the same - Google Patents

On-vehicle voice information service device and voice information service system utilizing the same

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JP2001056233A
JP2001056233A JP26593799A JP26593799A JP2001056233A JP 2001056233 A JP2001056233 A JP 2001056233A JP 26593799 A JP26593799 A JP 26593799A JP 26593799 A JP26593799 A JP 26593799A JP 2001056233 A JP2001056233 A JP 2001056233A
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Hiroyasu Obana
Koji Okano
Hiroyuki Ota
Kichiko Toyomaki
Kenichi Yamazaki
博幸 太田
宏恭 尾花
健一 山崎
浩二 岡野
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PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide an on-vehicle voice information service device capable of improving the quality of voice information service, reducing memory capacity require for performing the sound information service greatly, and eliminating time and labor required for storing voice information in a storage medium when a vehicle is shipped in advance.
SOLUTION: Voice information is taken in from voice database by connecting to the voice database through a network by an interface part 2, and this taken-in sound information is down-loaded by an information processing part 3 and is stored in a storage part 4. Voice playback processing is done in a voice playback part 5 using the stored voice information to provide voice information service by the obtained sound. For example, when voice information service is provided in accordance with a situation at the time of path guide of a vehicle in Japan, voice information is down-loaded from sound data base as required and is stored in the storage part 4 to correspond to it instead of storing all voice information covering all areas of Japan into a ROM such as a CD.
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【発明の詳細な説明】 DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

【0001】 [0001]

【発明の属する技術分野】本発明は、例えば複数のGP BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The present invention is, for example, a plurality of GP
S(Global Positioning Syes S (Global Positioning Syes
tem)衛星からの無線信号を受信し、復調して得られる信号に基づいて受信点の経度及び緯度を算出して車両の走行位置を地図上に表して車両を経路誘導する際、音声情報サービスを行えるカーナビゲーション装置に適用できる車載用音声情報サービス装置及び該装置を利用する音声情報サービスシステムに係り、特に、音声情報サービスの質の向上を図れると共に、音声情報サービスを行うために必要となるメモリ容量を大幅に削減でき、かつ車両の出荷時に予め音声情報を記憶媒体に記憶させておく手間を省くことができる車載用音声情報サービス装置及び該装置を利用する音声情報サービスシステムに関する。 Receiving a radio signal from the tem) satellite, when the guide route of the vehicle expressed by calculating the longitude and latitude of the reception point the running position of the vehicle on a map on the basis of a signal obtained by demodulating the voice information service It relates to voice information service system that utilizes automotive sound information service apparatus and the apparatus can be applied to a car navigation apparatus capable of, in particular, with thereby improving the quality of voice information service is required to perform the voice information service the memory capacity can be greatly reduced, and a vehicle audio information service system that utilizes automotive sound information service apparatus and the apparatus in advance voice information at the time of shipment can save time stored in a storage medium.

【0002】 [0002]

【従来の技術】一般に、カーナビゲーション装置は、例えば日本国の全国各地を網羅する音声情報を記憶させたCD等のROMを記憶媒体として搭載している。 In general, a car navigation device, for example, equipped with a ROM such as a CD having stored the voice information covering the nationwide Japan as a storage medium. このため、その全国各地のどこででも車両の経路誘導時に記憶媒体に記憶した音声情報を用いて車両の経路誘導時の状況に応じた音声再生処理を行うことにより、音声情報サービスを行える。 Therefore, by performing audio reproduction processing according to the situation at the time of induction path of the vehicle using where speech information stored in the storage medium during the induction path of the vehicle even in the nationwide, perform a voice information service. この音声情報サービスは、一般的に誘導走行経路を走行中の車両が次のノード(例えば交差点)に向かって移動している際、直進、左折、右折等の音声による教示や、走行案内の目安となる建造物がどのように表れるか等の音声報知である。 The voice information service, when the running vehicle generally guided travel route is moving toward the next node (e.g. an intersection), straight, left turn, and teaching voice of right turn or the like, a measure of the travel guide become building is a voice broadcast such as how appear. このため、経路誘導についての安心感をドライバーに持たせることができ、また、ディスプレイ上のナビゲーション表示を注意深く視認し続けることなく車両前方をよく見て車両を走行させることができる。 For this reason, it is possible to have a sense of security for the route guidance to the driver, also, it is possible to run the vehicle a good look at the front of the vehicle without having to continue to carefully view the navigation display on the display. 更に、次のような観点で有利となる。 Furthermore, it is advantageous in the following aspects. (1)誘導走行経路からの車両の逸脱を未然に防止することができる。 (1) the deviation of the vehicle from the guided travel path can be prevented. (2)車両を安全に走行させることができる。 (2) vehicle can be safely run. (3)誘導走行経路に自車両を合わせる焦点調整が容易となり、その調整に要する応答時間を短縮できる。 (3) focus adjustment to match the vehicle is facilitated in guided travel path, can reduce the response time required for the adjustment.

【0003】 [0003]

【発明が解決しようとする課題】しかしながら、従来のこの種のカーナビゲーション装置の場合においては、前述したような日本国の全国各地を網羅する音声情報の全てをCD等のROMに記憶させる都合上、CD等のRO [SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION However, in the case of this type of conventional car navigation apparatus, the convenience of storing all of the audio information to cover Japanese nationwide as described above in a ROM such as a CD , RO of the CD, etc.
Mを十分に大きなメモリ容量を持つ状態にしておく必要がある。 It is necessary to state with a large memory capacity sufficient to M. 例えば、記憶媒体における音声ガイダンスの占める割合が地図情報に比べて極めて大きくなり、一例では地図情報のために1枚のCDを用い、音声情報のために9枚のCDを用いる関係にしておく必要がある。 For example, the ratio of voice guidance in the storage medium is extremely large compared to the map information, in one example necessary to the single use of a CD, relationship using nine CD for audio information for the map information there is. このため、この種のカーナビゲーション装置における記憶媒体の専有空間が大きくなり、カーナビゲーション装置を更に小型化したいという要請に対処できないという問題があった。 Therefore, occupied space of the storage medium increases in this type of car navigation system, there is a problem that can not be handled in a demand for further miniaturization of the car navigation device. また、車両の出荷時に、日本国の全国各地を網羅する音声情報の全てを予め記憶媒体に記憶させておかねば、カーナビゲーション装置は音声情報サービスを利用できないものとなるという問題があった。 In addition, at the time of shipment of the vehicle, if Ne kept and stored in advance in the storage medium all of the audio information to cover all over the country of Japan, car navigation device has a problem that becomes the thing you can not use the voice information service. また、従来においては、音声情報サービスはカーナビゲーション装置のための専用に利用されていたが、これ以外の利用目的には対応することができないという問題もあった。 Further, in the conventional, voice information service had been utilized exclusively for the car navigation system, there is a problem that can not be accommodated in the other purpose of use.
例えば、車両の走行には直接的な関連を持たない天気予報や、目的地に到達するまでの途中に存在するレストランのメニューや、子供に聞かせる物語等の一般的な音声情報サービスを提供してほしいという要請に従来のカーナビゲーション装置は対処できないものであった。 For example, the travel of the vehicle to provide weather forecasts and that does not have a direct connection, menus and restaurants that exist on the way to reach the destination, the general voice information services, such as a story to tell to the children to request that to want a conventional car navigation devices were those that can not be addressed.

【0004】本発明は上記事情に鑑み、音声情報サービスの質の向上を図れると共に、音声情報サービスを行うために必要となるメモリ容量を大幅に削減でき、かつ車両の出荷時に予め音声情報を記憶媒体に記憶させておく手間を省くことができる車載用音声情報サービス装置及び該装置を利用する音声情報サービスシステムを提供することを目的としている。 [0004] The present invention has been made in view of the above circumstances, and thereby improving the quality of voice information services, can significantly reduce the memory capacity required for performing voice information service, and stores in advance the voice information at the time of shipment of the vehicle and its object is to provide a voice information service system that utilizes automotive sound information service device and the device it is possible to save labor to keep and stored in the medium.

【0005】 [0005]

【課題を解決するための手段】上記の目的を達成するために請求項1の発明の音声情報サービス装置は、音声データベースにインターネット等のネットワーク網を介して接続するインターフェース部と、このインターフェース部を介して音声データベースからの音声情報をダウンロード可能な情報処理部と、を有し、前記情報処理部は、ダウンロードした音声情報を記憶する記憶部と、この記憶部に記憶した音声情報を用いて車両搭乗者の要求に応じた音声情報サービスについての音声再生処理を実行する音声再生部と、を具備することを特徴とする。 Voice information service device of the invention of claim 1 in order to achieve the above object In order to achieve the above, an interface unit for connecting via the network such as the Internet to a voice database, the interface unit through have, and an information processing unit capable of downloading audio information from the audio database, the information processing unit, the vehicle using a storage unit for storing the downloaded audio information, the audio information stored in the storage unit a voice playback unit for executing a voice playback processing of the audio information service according to the request of the occupant, characterized in that it comprises a. 請求項1の発明によれば、本発明に係る音声情報サービス装置は、インターフェース部により音声データベースへとネットワーク網を介して接続することで音声データベースから音声情報を取り込み、この取り込んだ音声情報を情報処理部によりダウンロードして記憶部に記憶し、 According to the present invention, voice information service device according to the present invention takes the voice information from the voice database by connecting via the network to the voice database by the interface unit, the information the captured audio information and stores downloaded to the storage unit by the processing section,
この記憶した音声情報を用いて音声再生部にて音声再生処理を実行し、得られた音声で音声情報サービスを行うことになる。 Run the audio reproduction process in the audio reproduction unit using the stored audio information, thereby performing voice information service with the resulting speech. この構成によると、例えば日本国において車両の経路誘導時の状況に応じて音声情報サービスを提供する場合、日本国の全国各地を網羅する音声情報の全てをCD等のROMに記憶させる代わりに、必要に応じて音声データベースから音声情報をダウンロードして記憶部に記憶させることで対処することになる。 According to this arrangement, instead of storing case, all of the audio information to cover nationwide Japan in the ROM such as a CD to provide voice information service according to the situation at the time of induction path of the vehicle for example in Japan, It will be dealt with by storing the downloaded to the storage unit audio information from the audio database as needed. このため、例えばカーナビゲーション装置が本発明の適用構造であれば、音声情報サービスを行うために必要となるメモリ容量を大幅に削減できることになり、更に小型化したいという要請に対処できると共に、低価格を図ることができる。 Thus, for example, if the applied structure of the car navigation system is the invention, it will be possible to greatly reduce the memory capacity required for performing voice information service, together with further cope with a demand for downsizing, low cost it can be achieved. 更に、車両の出荷時に予め音声情報を記憶媒体に記憶させておかなくても音声情報サービスを利用できるものとなるので、車両の出荷時の手間を省くことができ、また情報の更新も容易となる。 Furthermore, since even without first stores the advance audio information at the time of shipment of the vehicle in the storage medium becomes available voice information service, it is possible to save the trouble of factory vehicle, also updates information facilitate Become. また、膨大な音声情報を圧縮する等して蓄積できる音声データベースを情報源として利用することになるので、車両の走行には直接的な関連を持たない天気予報や、目的地に到達するまでの途中に存在するレストランのメニューや、子供に聞かせる物語等の一般的な音声情報を、必要に応じて音声データベースから取り込むことが可能となり、音声情報サービスの質の向上に貢献できる。 Also, it means that utilizes a speech database can be accumulated by, for example compressing a huge sound information as an information source, weather and without a direct association in the running of the vehicle, until it reaches the destination menus and restaurants that exist in the middle, the general sound information such as a story to tell to the children, it becomes possible to capture from the speech database, if necessary, can contribute to the improvement of the quality of voice information services.

【0006】請求項2の発明では、前記情報処理部は、 [0006] In the present invention of claim 2, wherein the information processing unit,
車両搭乗者の使用状況に応じて必要とする音声情報だけを前記音声データベースからダウンロードして前記記憶部に記憶させることを特徴とする。 Only audio information required in accordance with the use condition of the vehicle occupant download from the speech database, characterized in that to be stored in the storage unit. 請求項2の発明によれば、車両搭乗者の使用状況に応じて必要とする音声情報音声情報だけを音声データベースからダウンロードして記憶部に記憶することになるので、記憶部のメモリ容量を可及的に小さくでき、例えばフラッシュメモリ等の記憶素子を記憶部に適用できる。 According to the invention of claim 2, it means to be stored in to the storage unit downloaded from the speech database only audio information audio information required in accordance with the use condition of the vehicle occupant, variable memory capacity of the storage unit It can be reduced retroactively, for example application of a memory element such as a flash memory in the memory unit.

【0007】請求項3の発明では、前記音声再生部は、 [0007] In the present invention of claim 3, wherein the sound reproducing unit,
車両搭乗者の要求に応じて車両の走行に関する音声情報サービスと、車両の走行には直接的な関連を持たない一般的な音声情報サービスとを選択する処理後、選択した音声情報サービスを提供できることを特徴とする。 And voice information service concerning the traveling of the vehicle at the request of the vehicle occupant, after the process of selecting a general voice information service that does not have a direct relation to the travel of the vehicle, can provide the selected audio information service the features. 請求項3の発明によれば、経路誘導時に車両の走行に関する音声情報サービスが特に必要な場合と、その車両の走行に関する音声情報サービスが無くても済む場合とに対処でき、後者の場合には、車両の走行には直接的な関連を持たない天気予報や、目的地に到達するまでの途中に存在するレストランのメニューや、子供に聞かせる物語等の一般的な音声情報サービスを利用できることになる。 According to the invention of claim 3, and if route guidance when the audio information service is particularly necessary concerning the traveling of the vehicle, able to cope with the case which requires even without the voice information services for the running of the vehicle, in the latter case , the travel of the vehicle weather forecasts and that does not have a direct connection, menus and restaurants that exist on the way to reach the destination, that you can use the general voice information services, such as a story to tell to the children Become.

【0008】請求項4の発明では、前記音声再生部は、 [0008] In the present invention of claim 4, wherein the sound reproduction unit,
車両搭乗者の要求に応じて経路誘導時における車両の走行に関する音声情報サービスが選択されたとき、経路誘導についての地図上の詳細各部を対象とした音声情報サービスの他に、道路の混雑状況や車両搭乗者が利用する可能性が高い車両用の有料施設の料金等の経路誘導に関連する情報を対象とした音声情報サービスを行う音声再生処理を実行することを特徴とする。 When voice information service is selected regarding travel of the vehicle at the time of route guidance in response to a request of the vehicle occupant, in addition to the voice information services for details each section on a map for route guidance, Ya congestion road and executes a voice playback processing for voice information service vehicle occupant is intended for information relating to route guidance of charges toll facilities for a vehicle is likely to use. 請求項4の発明によれば、誘導走行経路を走行中の車両が、例えば亀戸駅前交差点に向かって移動している際の音声報知は、まず、『500m先、亀戸駅前を左方向です』となり、次に、亀戸駅前交差点を左折したとき、『この先、下頭橋東詰を直進です』となる。 According to the invention of claim 4, the vehicle traveling the guided travel route, for example, Kameido sound reporting when moving towards the station intersection, first, "500m away and left the Kameido Station", and and then, when you turn left at the Kameido Station intersection, a "ahead, is straight under head Hashihigashizume". この直進中、『1キロ先、京葉道路船橋料金所です』となり、続いて『料金は150 During this straight, "1 kilometers, Keiyo road bridge is a toll booth", and is followed by the "charge 150
0円です』となる。 A 0 is the yen ". このため、ドライバーは有料施設への対応を即座に採ることができる。 For this reason, the driver can take immediately to respond to toll facilities. また、誘導走行経路における道路の混雑状況等が適宜に音声報知されることになるので、迂回経路を選択する対応を視覚に頼りすぎることなく即座に採ることができる。 Further, since the congestion status of a road in guided travel path is to be appropriately sound reporting can take immediately without rely too much corresponding to select a detour route to the visual.

【0009】請求項5の発明では、前記音声再生部は、 [0009] In the present invention of claim 5, wherein the sound reproduction unit,
車両搭乗者の要求に応じて車両の走行には直接的な関連を持たない一般的な音声情報サービスが選択されたとき、詳細メニューの選択を受け付けて対応する詳細メニューを対象とした音声情報サービスを行う音声再生処理を実行することを特徴とする。 When general voice information services with no direct association is the traveling of the vehicle is selected according to the requirements of the vehicle occupant, audio information services for details menu corresponding accept More Select Menu and executes a voice playback processing to perform. 請求項5の発明によれば、車両の走行には直接的な関連を持たない複数地域の天気予報や、目的地に到達するまでの途中に存在する複数の各種レストランのメニューや、子供に聞かせる複数の物語等をメニュー選択で個々に選べるので、その一般的な音声情報サービスがより充実したものとなる。 According to the invention of claim 5, weather forecasts and of multiple regions that do not have a direct relation to the running of the vehicle, menus and the multiple of a variety of restaurants that exist on the way to reach the destination, let the children since the individual to choose more of the story, such as the menu selection that, and that its general voice information service has been more fulfilling.

【0010】請求項6の発明は、音声データベースにインターネット等のネットワーク網を介して接続するインターフェース部と、このインターフェース部を介して音声データベースからの音声情報をダウンロード可能な情報処理部と、を有し、前記情報処理部は、ダウンロードした音声情報を記憶する記憶部と、この記憶部に記憶した音声情報を用いて車両搭乗者の要求に応じた音声情報サービスについての音声再生処理を実行する音声再生部と、を備えた車載用音声情報サービス装置をインターネット網に接続して利用する音声情報サービスシステムであって、前記ネットワーク網には、前記音声データベースから前記車載用音声情報サービス装置へと車両搭乗者の要求に応じて音声情報を提供できるサーバを構築し、 [0010] The invention of claim 6 is used, the number and interface unit for connecting via the network such as the Internet to a voice database, and downloadable information processing unit audio information from the audio database via the interface unit, the and, wherein the information processing unit, a voice to perform a storage unit for storing the downloaded audio information, the audio playback process for the audio information service according to the request of the vehicle occupant with the audio information stored in the storage unit a reproducing unit, a vehicle-mounted audio information service device provided with an audio information service system utilizing an Internet connection network, the network system includes from the voice database to said vehicle voice information service device vehicle building a server that can provide voice information in response to a request of the occupant,
前記音声データベースには、前記サーバにより前記車載用音声情報サービス装置へと提供する音声情報を圧縮して蓄積することを特徴とする。 Wherein the speech database, characterized in that accumulates the compressed audio information to be provided to the vehicle-mounted audio information service device by the server. 請求項6の発明によれば、ネットワーク網には、音声データベースから本発明に係る車載用音声情報サービス装置へと車両の現在位置において必要とする音声情報だけを提供できるサーバを構築し、音声データベースには、そのサーバにより本発明に係る車載用音声情報サービス装置へと提供する音声情報を圧縮して蓄積するので、本発明に係る音声情報サービスシステムは、本発明に係る車載用音声情報サービス装置を例えば日本国の全国各地で共有できるシステム構成となる。 According to the invention of claim 6, the network system is to build a server only able to provide sound information to the vehicle-mounted audio information service apparatus according to the present invention from the speech database requires at the current position of the vehicle, voice database the so it accumulates the compressed audio information to be provided to the vehicle-mounted audio information service apparatus according to the present invention by the server, voice information service system according to the present invention, a vehicle-mounted audio information service apparatus according to the present invention a system configuration that can be shared, for example, the Japanese all over the country.

【0011】 [0011]

【発明の実施の形態】以下、本発明に係る車載用音声情報サービス装置及び音声情報サービスシステムの実施形態について、図面に基づいて詳細に説明する。 DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION Hereinafter, embodiments of a vehicle-mounted audio information service device and audio information service system according to the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the drawings. 図1は本発明に係る車載用音声情報サービス装置が適用されたカーナビゲーション装置の一実施形態の構成を示す図、図2は図1のカーナビゲーション装置を利用する音声情報サービスシステムのシステム構成図である。 Shows a configuration of an embodiment of FIG. 1 is a car navigation device onboard voice information service device according to the present invention is applied, FIG. 2 is a system configuration diagram of a voice information service system utilizing a car navigation system in FIG 1 it is. 図1に示すように、本発明に係る一実施形態のカーナビゲーション装置1は、車両の経路誘導時に音声情報サービスを行うため、音声データベースにインターネット等のネットワーク網を介して接続するインターフェース部2(図2参照)と、このインターフェース部2を介して音声データベースからの音声情報をダウンロード可能な情報処理部3と、を有しており、情報処理部3には、記憶部4と、 As shown in FIG. 1, the car navigation device 1 according to one embodiment of the present invention performs voice information service when the guide route of the vehicle, the interface unit 2 connected via the network such as the Internet to a voice database ( and Figure reference 2), and downloadable information processing section 3 the audio information from the audio database via the interface unit 2 has a, to the information processing section 3, a storage unit 4,
音声再生部5と、を備えている。 It includes a sound reproduction unit 5, a. なお、音声再生部5には音声報知を行うスピーカ5aが付設されている。 Incidentally, the speaker 5a is attached for audio notification to the audio reproduction unit 5.

【0012】情報処理部3では、車両搭乗者の使用状況に応じて必要とする音声情報だけを音声データベースからダウンロードして記憶部4に記憶させることを行う。 [0012] In the information processing unit 3 performs be stored downloaded to the storage unit 4 from the speech database only audio information required in accordance with the use condition of the vehicle occupant.
音声再生部5は、記憶部4に記憶した音声情報を用いることにより、車両搭乗者の要求に応じて車両の走行に関する音声情報サービスと、車両の走行には直接的な関連を持たない一般的な音声情報サービスとを選択する処理後、選択した音声情報サービスの音声報知をスピーカ5 Audio reproduction unit 5, by using the speech information stored in the storage unit 4, generally not having a direct association with the sound information service concerning the traveling of the vehicle at the request of the vehicle occupant, the traveling of the vehicle after the process of selecting such a voice information service, a speaker 5 audio broadcast of the selected voice information service
aを介して車室内に流す。 Flowing into the passenger compartment via a.

【0013】具体的には、車両搭乗者の要求に応じて経路誘導時における車両の走行に関する音声情報サービスが選択されたときは、経路誘導についての地図上の詳細各部を対象とした音声情報サービスの他に、道路の混雑状況や車両搭乗者が利用する可能性が高い車両用の有料施設の料金等の経路誘導に関連する情報を対象とした音声情報サービスを行う音声再生処理を実行し、その音声報知をスピーカ5aを介して車室内に流す。 [0013] Specifically, when the voice information service is selected regarding travel of the vehicle at the time of route guidance in response to a request of the vehicle occupant, audio information services for details each section on a map for route guidance in addition to, and run the sound reproduction process performed by the voice information service that congestion and vehicle occupant of the road was intended for information related to the route guidance of the fee, such as toll facilities for vehicles likely to use, It flows into the vehicle interior to the voice notification via the speaker 5a. また、車両搭乗者の要求に応じて車両の走行には直接的な関連を持たない一般的な音声情報サービスが選択されたときは、 Further, when the general voice information service that does not have a direct relation to the travel of the vehicle is selected according to the requirements of the vehicle occupant,
詳細メニューの選択を受け付けて対応する詳細メニューを対象とした音声情報サービスを行う音声再生処理を実行し、その音声報知をスピーカ5aを介して車室内に流す。 Accepting a selection of details menu performs speech reproduction processing for voice information services for corresponding details menu, flow the voice notification to the passenger compartment through the speaker 5a.

【0014】このような音声情報サービスを行なえるカーナビゲーション装置1は、図2に示すように、音声情報サービスシステム6におけるインターネット等のネットワーク網7に接続する。 [0014] Such audio information services capable car navigation apparatus 1, as shown in FIG. 2, connected to a network 7 such as the Internet in the sound information service system 6. この接続は、例えばプロバイダー所有の各コンピュータ8の何れかに無線電話若しくはインターネットで接続することで達成される。 This connection is achieved by connecting a wireless telephone or the Internet to any example of provider-owned each computer 8. つまり、プロバイダー所有の各コンピュータ8は専用線でネットワーク網7に常時接続されており、そこにカーナビゲーション装置1が無線電話若しくはインターネットで接続するので、カーナビゲーション装置1は車両の経路誘導時にネットワーク網7に接続した状態を確保できるからである。 In other words, each computer 8 of the provider owning is always connected to a network 7 by a dedicated line, since there to the car navigation system 1 is connected by a wireless telephone or Internet, the car navigation apparatus 1 is network system when the guide route of the vehicle how to connect to 7 is because it ensured.

【0015】そして、ネットワーク網7は、カーナビゲーション装置1からのリクエストを受け取り、そのリクエストに応えて音声データベース9からそのカーナビゲーション装置1へと無線電話若しくはインターネットを介して音声情報を提供できるサーバ10を構築している。 [0015] Then, network system 7 receives the request from the car navigation apparatus 1, the server 10 can provide voice information via a wireless telephone or the Internet and its car navigation apparatus 1 from the speech database 9 in response to the request It is building. また、音声データベース9には、サーバ10によりカーナビゲーション装置1へと提供する音声情報を圧縮して蓄積している。 Also, the voice database 9, and accumulates the compressed audio information to be provided to the car navigation device 1 by the server 10. このため、音声データベース9に蓄積された圧縮音声情報のうち、車両の現在位置において必要とする一定範囲の圧縮音声情報だけをサーバ10により読み出し、この読み出した音声データベース9の圧縮音声情報を、サーバ10によりネットワーク網7等を介してカーナビゲーション装置1へと提供できることになる。 Therefore, among the compressed audio information stored in the voice database 9, read only compressed audio information in a certain range in need at the current position of the vehicle by the server 10, the compressed audio information of the audio database 9 thus read out, the server It would be provided to the car navigation apparatus 1 via the network 7 or the like by 10.

【0016】また、カーナビゲーション装置1が音声情報サービスシステム6の中に組み込まれるので、カーナビゲーション装置1は、例えば日本国の全国各地を網羅する音声情報の全てをCD等のROMに記憶させる代わりに、車両搭乗者が使用状況に応じて必要とする圧縮音声情報だけを音声データベース9からダウンロードして記憶部4に記憶させ、この記憶した音声情報を用いて音声再生部5にて音声再生処理を実行し、得られた音声で音声情報サービスを行うことになる。 [0016] Alternatively the car navigation device 1 is so incorporated into the voice information service system 6, the car navigation apparatus 1, which stores for example all audio information covering the nationwide Japan in the ROM such as a CD , only the compressed audio information the vehicle occupant is required according to the use status is stored downloaded to the storage unit 4 from the speech database 9, the audio reproducing process at the audio reproduction unit 5 using the stored audio information is executed, it will perform voice information service with the resulting speech. このため、音声情報サービスを行うために必要となる記憶部4のメモリ容量を大幅に削減できることになり、更に小型化したいという要請に対処できると共に、低価格を図ることができる。 Therefore, it becomes able to significantly reduce the memory capacity of the storage unit 4 required for performing voice information service, may further together cope with a demand for downsizing, reduce the cost. 更に、車両の出荷時に予め音声情報を記憶媒体に記憶させておかなくても音声情報サービスを利用できるものとなるので、車両の出荷時の手間を省くことができ、 Furthermore, since even without first stores the advance audio information at the time of shipment of the vehicle in the storage medium becomes available voice information service, it is possible to save the trouble factory of the vehicle,
また情報の更新も容易となる。 The information update is also easy.

【0017】また、膨大な音声情報を圧縮する等して蓄積できる音声データベース9を情報源として利用することになるので、車両の走行には直接的な関連を持たない天気予報や、目的地に到達するまでの途中に存在するレストランのメニューや、子供に聞かせる物語等の一般的な音声情報を、必要に応じて音声データベース9から取り込むことが可能となり、音声情報サービスの質の向上に貢献できる。 [0017] In addition, it means that the use of the voice database 9, which can be accumulated by, for example to compress an enormous amount of audio information as a source of information, weather forecasts and that does not have a directly related to the travel of the vehicle, the destination menus and restaurants that exist in the middle of to reach, the general sound information such as a story to tell to the children, it becomes possible to capture from the speech database 9, if necessary, contribute to the improvement of the quality of voice information service it can. 更に、情報処理部3は、車両搭乗者が使用状況に応じて必要とする音声情報を音声データベース9からダウンロードして記憶部4に記憶することになるので、記憶部4のメモリ容量を可及的に小さくでき、例えばフラッシュメモリ等の記憶素子を記憶部4に適用できる。 Furthermore, the information processing unit 3, since the vehicle occupant is able to store downloaded and the storage unit 4 audio information it needs from the speech database 9 according to the usage status, Kakyu the memory capacity of the storage unit 4 to be small, for example, application of a memory element such as a flash memory in the memory unit 4.

【0018】また、音声再生部5は、車両搭乗者の要求に応じて車両の走行に関する音声情報サービスと、車両の走行には直接的な関連を持たない一般的な音声情報サービスとを選択する処理後、選択した音声情報サービスを提供できるので、経路誘導時に車両の走行に関する音声情報サービスが特に必要な場合と、その車両の走行に関する音声情報サービスが無くても済む場合とに対処できる。 Further, the audio reproduction unit 5, selects the voice information service about the running of the vehicle, and a general voice information service that does not have a direct relation to the running of the vehicle at the request of a vehicle occupant after treatment, it is possible to provide a selected audio information services, can cope with the case which requires the case voice information service is particularly needed regarding running of the vehicle at the time of route guidance, even if there is no audio information services for the running of the vehicle. 前者の場合には、経路誘導についての地図上の詳細各部を対象とした音声情報サービスの他に、道路の混雑状況や車両搭乗者が利用する可能性が高い車両用の有料施設の料金を対象とした音声情報サービスを行う音声再生処理を実行するので、誘導走行経路を走行中の車両が、例えば亀戸駅前交差点に向かって移動している際の音声報知は、まず、『500m先、亀戸駅前を左方向です』となり、次に、亀戸駅前交差点を左折したとき、 In the former case, in addition to the voice information services for the details each part of the on the map for route guidance, subject the price for the toll facility for the vehicle there is a high possibility that congestion and vehicle occupant of the road to use since performing audio reproduction processing for voice information services and, inducing a travel route the vehicle during traveling, for example, Kameido sound reporting when moving toward the station intersection, first, "500m destination, Kameido station YOUR left direction "and, then, when you turn left at the Kameido Station intersection,
『この先、下頭橋東詰を直進です』となる。 It is "ahead, is straight under head Hashihigashizume". この直進中、『1キロ先、京葉道路船橋料金所です』となり、続いて『料金は1500円です』となる。 During this straight, it becomes "1 kilometers away, is the Keiyo road bridge toll booth" next, followed by "The cost is 1500 yen". このため、ドライバーは有料施設への対応を即座に採ることができ、また、誘導走行経路における道路の混雑状況等が適宜に音声報知されることになるので、迂回経路を選択する対応を視覚に頼りすぎることなく即座に採ることができる。 Therefore, the driver can take immediately respond to toll facilities, and because the congestion status of a road in guided travel path is to be appropriately sound reporting, visual correspondence to select the bypass path it can be taken immediately without relying too.
後者の場合には、車両の走行には直接的な関連を持たない天気予報や、目的地に到達するまでの途中に存在するレストランのメニューや、子供に聞かせる物語等の一般的な音声情報サービスを利用できる。 In the latter case, the travel of the vehicle weather forecasts and that does not have a direct connection, menus and restaurants that exist on the way to reach the destination, the general sound information such as a story to tell to the children services available. 特に、詳細メニューの選択を受け付けて対応する詳細メニューを対象とした音声情報サービスを行う音声再生処理を実行するものにしておけば、車両の走行には直接的な関連を持たない複数地域の天気予報や、目的地に到達するまでの途中に存在する複数の各種レストランのメニューや、子供に聞かせる複数の物語等をメニュー選択で個々に選べるので、その一般的な音声情報サービスがより充実したものとなる。 In particular, if the thing to run a voice playback processing for voice information services for the detailed menu corresponding accept the selection of the Advanced menu, weather of multiple regions that do not have a directly related to the running of the vehicle forecast or, or multiple of various restaurant menus that exist on the way to reach the destination, because the individual to choose the menu select more than one story to tell to the children, etc., the general voice information service has been more fulfilling the things.

【0019】また、インターネット網7には、音声データベース9からカーナビゲーション装置1へと車両の現在位置において必要とする音声情報だけを提供できるサーバ8を構築し、音声データベースには、そのサーバ8 Further, the Internet network 7, to build a server 8 which can provide only audio information from the audio database 9 to the car navigation apparatus 1 need at the current position of the vehicle, the speech database, the server 8
によりカーナビゲーション装置1へと提供する音声情報を圧縮して蓄積するので、本発明に係る音声情報サービスシステムは、を例えば日本国の全国各地で共有できるシステム構成となる。 Since accumulates the compressed audio information to be provided to the car navigation apparatus 1, the audio information service system according to the present invention will become system configuration that can be shared, for example, Japanese nationwide.

【0020】 [0020]

【発明の効果】以上説明したように請求項1の発明によれば、本発明に係る音声情報サービス装置は、インターフェース部により音声データベースへとネットワーク網を介して接続することで音声データベースから音声情報を取り込み、この取り込んだ音声情報を情報処理部によりダウンロードして記憶部に記憶し、この記憶した音声情報を用いて音声再生部にて音声再生処理を実行し、得られた音声で音声情報サービスを行うことになる。 According to the present invention as described above, according to the present invention, voice information service device according to the present invention, the audio information from the speech database by connecting to the audio database via the network by the interface unit uptake, and stores the captured audio information in the storage unit to download and the information processing unit, executes a voice playback processing by the speech reproducing unit using the stored voice information, the voice obtained voice information service It will be performed. この構成によると、例えば日本国において車両の経路誘導時の状況に応じて音声情報サービスを提供する場合、日本国の全国各地を網羅する音声情報の全てをCD等のRO According to this configuration, for example, when providing voice information service according to the situation at the time of induction path of the vehicle in Japan, all of the audio information to cover nationwide Japan such as CD RO
Mに記憶させる代わりに、必要に応じて音声データベースから音声情報を取り込むことで対処することになる。 Instead of storing the M, it will be addressed by taking the speech information from the speech database as needed.
このため、例えばカーナビゲーション装置が本発明の適用構造であれば、音声情報サービスを行うために必要となるメモリ容量を大幅に削減できることになり、更に小型化したいという要請に対処できると共に、低価格を図ることできる。 Thus, for example, if the applied structure of the car navigation system is the invention, it will be possible to greatly reduce the memory capacity required for performing voice information service, together with further cope with a demand for downsizing, low cost It can be achieved. 更に、車両の出荷時に予め音声情報を記憶媒体に記憶させておかなくても音声情報サービスを利用できるものとなるので、車両の出荷時の手間を省くことができ、また情報の更新も容易となる。 Furthermore, since even without first stores the advance audio information at the time of shipment of the vehicle in the storage medium becomes available voice information service, it is possible to save the trouble of factory vehicle, also updates information facilitate Become. また、膨大な音声情報を圧縮する等して蓄積できる音声データベースを情報源として利用することになるので、車両の走行には直接的な関連を持たない天気予報や、目的地に到達するまでの途中に存在するレストランのメニューや、子供に聞かせる物語等の一般的な音声情報を、必要に応じて音声データベースから取り込むことが可能となり、音声情報サービスの質の向上に貢献できる。 Also, it means that utilizes a speech database can be accumulated by, for example compressing a huge sound information as an information source, weather and without a direct association in the running of the vehicle, until it reaches the destination menus and restaurants that exist in the middle, the general sound information such as a story to tell to the children, it becomes possible to capture from the speech database, if necessary, can contribute to the improvement of the quality of voice information services.

【0021】請求項2の発明によれば、車両搭乗者が使用状況に応じて必要とする音声情報だけを音声データベースからダウンロードして記憶部に記憶することになるので、記憶部のメモリ容量を可及的に小さくでき、例えばフラッシュメモリ等の記憶素子を記憶部に適用できる。 According to the invention of claim 2, it means that store only audio information required in accordance with the usage vehicle occupant in the storage unit to download from the speech database, the memory capacity of the storage unit can as small as possible, for example, application of a memory element such as a flash memory in the memory unit.

【0022】請求項3の発明によれば、経路誘導時に車両の走行に関する音声情報サービスが特に必要な場合と、その車両の走行に関する音声情報サービスが無くても済む場合とに対処でき、後者の場合には、車両の走行には直接的な関連を持たない天気予報や、目的地に到達するまでの途中に存在するレストランのメニューや、子供に聞かせる物語等の一般的な音声情報サービスを利用できることになる。 According to the invention of claim 3, and if route guidance when the audio information service is particularly necessary concerning the traveling of the vehicle, able to cope with the case which requires even without the voice information services for the running of the vehicle, the latter in this case, the travel of the vehicle weather forecasts and that does not have a direct connection, menus and restaurants that exist on the way to reach the destination, the general voice information services, such as a story to tell to the children It will be available.

【0023】請求項4の発明によれば、誘導走行経路を走行中の車両が、例えば亀戸駅前交差点に向かって移動している際の音声報知は、まず、『500m先、亀戸駅前を左方向です』となり、次に、亀戸駅前交差点を左折したとき、『この先、下頭橋東詰を直進です』となる。 According to the invention of claim 4, induce vehicle a travel route during traveling, for example, Kameido sound reporting when moving towards the station intersection, first, "500m destination, the Kameido station left It ", and then, when you turn left at the Kameido Station intersection, a" ahead, is straight under head Hashihigashizume ".
この直進中、『1キロ先、京葉道路船橋料金所です』となり、続いて『料金は1500円です』となる。 During this straight, it becomes "1 kilometers away, is the Keiyo road bridge toll booth" next, followed by "The cost is 1500 yen". このため、ドライバーは有料施設への対応を即座に採ることができる。 For this reason, the driver can take immediately to respond to toll facilities. また、誘導走行経路における道路の混雑状況等が適宜に音声報知されることになるので、迂回経路を選択する対応を視覚に頼りすぎることなく即座に採ることができる。 Further, since the congestion status of a road in guided travel path is to be appropriately sound reporting can take immediately without rely too much corresponding to select a detour route to the visual.

【0024】請求項5の発明によれば、車両の走行には直接的な関連を持たない複数地域の天気予報や、目的地に到達するまでの途中に存在する複数の各種レストランのメニューや、子供に聞かせる複数の物語等をメニュー選択で個々に選べるので、その一般的な音声情報サービスがより充実したものとなる。 [0024] According to the invention of claim 5, weather forecasts and of multiple regions that do not have a direct relation to the running of the vehicle, menus and the multiple of a variety of restaurants that exist on the way to reach the destination, since the choice of a multiple of the story, etc. to listen to children individually in the menu selection, and that its general voice information service has been more fulfilling.

【0025】請求項6の発明によれば、インターネット網には、音声データベースから本発明に係る車載用音声情報サービス装置へと車両搭乗者の使用状況に応じて必要とする音声情報を提供できるサーバを構築し、音声データベースには、そのサーバにより本発明に係る車載用音声情報サービス装置へと提供する音声情報を圧縮して蓄積するので、本発明に係る音声情報サービスシステムは、本発明に係る車載用音声情報サービス装置を例えば日本国の全国各地で共有できるシステム構成となる。 According to the invention of claim 6, the Internet network, a server that can provide audio information to be required according to the vehicle audio information service apparatus according to the present invention from the speech database usage of the vehicle occupant building a, the voice database, so accumulates the compressed audio information to be provided to the vehicle-mounted audio information service apparatus according to the present invention by the server, voice information service system according to the present invention, according to the present invention the system configuration can be shared vehicle voice information service device eg nationwide in Japan.

【図面の簡単な説明】 BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

【図1】本発明に係る車載用音声情報サービス装置が適用されたカーナビゲーション装置の一実施形態の構成を示す図である。 1 is a diagram showing a configuration of an embodiment of a car navigation system of a vehicle-mounted audio information service device has been applied according to the present invention.

【図2】図1のカーナビゲーション装置を利用する音声情報サービスシステムのシステム構成図である。 2 is a system configuration diagram of a voice information service system utilizing a car navigation system in FIG 1.

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1 カーナビゲーション装置 2 インターフェース部 3 情報処理部 4 記憶部 5 音声再生部 5a スピーカ 6 音声情報サービスシステム 7 ネットワーク網 8 プロバイダー所有のコンピュータ 9 音声データベース 10 サーバ 1 car navigation device 2 of the interface section 3 processing section 4 storage unit 5 audio reproduction unit 5a speaker 6 voice information service system 7 network system 8 providers own computer 9 speech database 10 server

───────────────────────────────────────────────────── フロントページの続き (72)発明者 豊巻 吉江 東京都江東区亀戸六丁目55番19号 株式会 社アレックス内 (72)発明者 尾花 宏恭 東京都江東区亀戸六丁目55番19号 株式会 社アレックス内 Fターム(参考) 2F029 AA02 AB13 AC08 AC13 AC14 AC18 5H180 AA01 BB05 BB13 EE10 FF12 FF25 FF27 5J062 AA01 AA03 BB01 CC07 GG02 HH01 HH05 9A001 HH15 JJ01 JJ77 ────────────────────────────────────────────────── ─── of the front page continued (72) inventor Yoshie Toyomaki, Koto-ku, Tokyo Kameido 6-chome 55th No. 19 stock company in Alex (72) inventor Obana HiroshiKyo Koto-ku, Tokyo Kameido 6-chome 55th No. 19 stock Company Alex in the F-term (reference) 2F029 AA02 AB13 AC08 AC13 AC14 AC18 5H180 AA01 BB05 BB13 EE10 FF12 FF25 FF27 5J062 AA01 AA03 BB01 CC07 GG02 HH01 HH05 9A001 HH15 JJ01 JJ77

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  1. 【請求項1】 音声データベースにインターネット等のネットワーク網を介して接続するインターフェース部と、このインターフェース部を介して音声データベースからの音声情報をダウンロード可能な情報処理部と、 を有し、 前記情報処理部は、ダウンロードした音声情報を記憶する記憶部と、この記憶部に記憶した音声情報を用いて車両搭乗者の要求に応じた音声情報サービスについての音声再生処理を実行する音声再生部と、 を具備することを特徴とする車載用音声情報サービス装置。 Has a 1. A interface unit for connecting via the network such as the Internet to a voice database, and downloadable information processing unit audio information from the audio database via the interface unit, wherein the information processing parts includes a storage unit for storing the downloaded audio information, and the audio playback unit for executing a voice playback processing of the audio information service according to the request of the vehicle occupant with the audio information stored in the storage unit, the automotive audio information service apparatus characterized by comprising.
  2. 【請求項2】 前記情報処理部は、車両搭乗者の使用状況に応じて必要とする音声情報だけを前記音声データベースからダウンロードして前記記憶部に記憶させることを特徴とする請求項1に記載の車載用音声情報サービス装置。 Wherein said information processing unit, according to claim 1 in which only the audio information required in accordance with the use condition of the vehicle occupant download from the speech database, characterized in that to be stored in the storage unit automotive voice information service device.
  3. 【請求項3】 前記音声再生部は、車両搭乗者の要求に応じて車両の走行に関する音声情報サービスと、車両の走行には直接的な関連を持たない一般的な音声情報サービスとを選択する処理後、選択した音声情報サービスを提供できることを特徴とする請求項1,2の何れかに記載の車載用音声情報サービス装置。 Wherein the voice playback unit selects the audio information services for the running of the vehicle, and a general voice information service that does not have a direct relation to the running of the vehicle at the request of a vehicle occupant after treatment, the in-vehicle audio information service apparatus according to claim 1, characterized in that can provide selected audio information service.
  4. 【請求項4】 前記音声再生部は、車両搭乗者の要求に応じて経路誘導時における車両の走行に関する音声情報サービスが選択されたとき、経路誘導についての地図上の詳細各部を対象とした音声情報サービスの他に、道路の混雑状況や車両搭乗者が利用する可能性が高い車両用の有料施設の料金等の経路誘導に関連する情報を対象とした音声情報サービスを行う音声再生処理を実行することを特徴とする請求項3に記載の車載用音声情報サービス装置。 Wherein said sound reproduction unit, when the voice information service is selected regarding travel of the vehicle at the time of route guidance in response to a request of the vehicle occupant, speech intended for the details each section on a map for route guidance in addition to the information service, run the sound reproduction process performed by the road voice information service that congestion and vehicle occupant is intended for information related to the route guidance of the fee, such as toll facilities for the vehicle is likely to use the automotive audio information service apparatus according to claim 3, characterized in that.
  5. 【請求項5】 前記音声再生部は、車両搭乗者の要求に応じて車両の走行には直接的な関連を持たない一般的な音声情報サービスが選択されたとき、詳細メニューの選択を受け付けて対応する詳細メニューを対象とした音声情報サービスを行う音声再生処理を実行することを特徴とする請求項3に記載の車載用音声情報サービス装置。 Wherein said sound reproduction unit, when the general voice information service that does not have a direct link is selected to travel of the vehicle in response to a request of the vehicle occupant, accepts the selection of the details menu automotive audio information service apparatus according to claim 3, characterized in that to perform the audio reproduction processing for voice information services for corresponding details menu.
  6. 【請求項6】 音声データベースにインターネット等のネットワーク網を介して接続するインターフェース部と、このインターフェース部を介して音声データベースからの音声情報をダウンロード可能な情報処理部と、を有し、前記情報処理部は、ダウンロードした音声情報を記憶する記憶部と、この記憶部に記憶した音声情報を用いて車両搭乗者の要求に応じた音声情報サービスについての音声再生処理を実行する音声再生部と、を備えた車載用音声情報サービス装置をネットワーク網に接続して利用する音声情報サービスシステムであって、 前記ネットワーク網には、前記音声データベースから前記車載用音声情報サービス装置へと車両搭乗者の要求に応じて音声情報を提供できるサーバを構築し、 前記音声データベースには、前記サー It has an interface unit for connecting 6. via the network such as the Internet to a voice database, and downloadable information processing unit audio information from the audio database via the interface unit, wherein the information processing parts includes a storage unit for storing the downloaded audio information, and the audio playback unit for executing a voice playback processing of the audio information service according to the request of the vehicle occupant with the audio information stored in the storage unit, the an audio information service system utilizing connected to a network-vehicle voice information service device provided in the network system includes a the requirements of the vehicle occupant from the speech database into the vehicle audio information service device depending build a server that can provide audio information, wherein the speech database, the server により前記車載用音声情報サービス装置へと提供する音声情報を圧縮して蓄積することを特徴とする音声情報サービスシステム。 Voice information service system characterized in that accumulates the compressed audio information to be provided to the vehicle-mounted audio information service device by.
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