DETROIT ? Telematics Research Group predicts that 30 million passenger cars ? about half the global units ? will have voice recognition capability, up from just 8 percent today.

Most vehicles with voice recognition devices now are premium brands, such as BMW, Audi, Land Rover, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz. But the technology is slowly entering the volume market, according to a report in Just-Auto. Phil Magney, president of the US-based telematics consultancy, said that the price of voice recognition devices will drop as sales increase.

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