Vehicle AI allows drivers to ‘talk’ to their cars

Owners of Audis, Renaults and Hondas in China will soon be able to interact with their cars thanks to Tmall Genie Auto; a voice-controlled speech-recognition program designed by Alibaba’s artificial intelligent (AI) Lab.

The AI program will means owners will be able to ‘ask’ their cars for everything, including recommendations on nearby restaurants and movie tickets, order food for delivery and even make purchases on Alibaba’s e-commerce platforms. All without taking their eyes of the road.

“By providing AI technologies, including speech-recognition and Natural Language Processing, Tmall Genie Auto enables car users to access a rich in-car infotainment portfolio by tapping into Alibaba’s rich content and service ecosystem,” said Miffy Chen, general manager of Alibaba A.I. Labs.

The company will look to integreate Tmall Genie Auto into select models of internet cars from Audi, Renault and Honda.

“We aim to extend in-car voice assistant services according to the demands and needs of our Chinese customers,” said H.W. Vassen, senior director of digitalization at Audi China.

The global connected-car market is expected to grow 270% by 2022, with more than 125 million connected passenger cars to be shipped between 2018 and 2022, according to a report from market research firm Counterpoint Insights. The report, released last year, pointed to the technology’s rapid uptake in China as one of the key drivers.

Source: Alizila | Audi, Renault, Honda add in-car AI with Tmall Genie Auto

13 Jun 2019