Ask.com on Thursday launched a free service that lets users of Web-enabled mobile devices get directions just by speaking.
With "Click to Speak" you say your location and the address of where you want to go or the closest intersection. Within a few seconds you will receive a text message with a link to directions that can be used for walking or driving. No need to type in addresses.
The system uses technology from Dial Directions, a provider of voice-activated location-based services.
Ask.com Mobile works on any mobile Web browser and does not require a download. Carrier and data charges may apply.
Ask.com is the first of the large search engines to provide a voice-activated service of this type, but there are other companies, like Microsoft's Tellme, that provide business listings, maps and directions for mobile users who want to use their voice instead of their hands.