“…Cerence emphasized the naturalness of the AI system’s speech patterns, asserting that it is ‘nearly indistinguishable from a human voice’.”
Cerence has added another solution to its portfolio of AI-powered voice interaction technologies for the automotive sector. Dubbed ‘Cerence Reader’, the solution is designed to read news articles for drivers on the road.
In announcing it, Cerence emphasized the naturalness of the AI system’s speech patterns, asserting that it is ‘nearly indistinguishable from a human voice’. Its synthetic speech incorporates “natural pausing and breathing, and automatic prediction of the appropriate reading style and emotional tone based on content, context, and category of news,” the company asserted.
The solution is conversant in US English and German, and is currently capable of sourcing news content from Reuters. Cerence says that its aim is to integrate further news sources in the future, and that the technology could also be adapted to read things like audiobooks and even language learning content.
“Cerence Reader is another example of Cerence’s advanced AI technologies and our expertise in delivering an outstanding voice assistant in the car,” asserted Cerence Core Products GM Stefan Ortmanns. “Compared to other news-reading offerings on the market, Cerence Reader sets a new bar for expressivity, making it nearly indistinguishable from a human newscaster.”
The solution’s announcement comes just days after Cerence’s launch of Cerence Pay, an in-car payments service aimed at enabling drivers to conveniently make purchases of things like gas and parking with greater convenience. As such, it attests to the company’s ongoing innovation efforts. In a quarterly update issued this week, Cerence CEO Sanjay Dhawan said that new product initiatives like these will play “a key role” in revenue generation for the company going forward.
Cerence’s business, like the rest of the automotive industry, has taken a hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, but in its update the company nevertheless predicted that its next quarter would bring an EBITDA result of somewhere between $23 million and $26 million.