Cerence and the Pioneer Corporation will be working together to develop new mobility products that will improve the on-road experience for drivers all over the world. The two companies declined to share many details about the specific nature of those products, but confirmed that they will combine Pioneer’s automotive hardware with Cerence’s conversational (and cloud-based) voice assistant platform.
For its part, Pioneer is a provider of both mobility equipment and mobility services, providing auto manufacturers with a range of solutions for modern vehicles. The company’s technology appears in more than 10 million in-car infotainment systems on an annual basis.
The strategic partnership with Cerence will presumably enable an infotainment system that can respond to voice commands. The two companies indicated that their product will be both scalable and secure, and that it will be a fully integrated hardware and software offering. More information about the product (and its availability) will be revealed at some point in the future.
“Advances in AI and connectivity have transformed the automotive cockpit,” said Cerence CEO Sanjay Dhawan. “With Pioneer, we’ll deliver an accessible product that can transform any car into an intelligent, personalized companion and bring drivers’ broader digital lives into the car.”
“As cars are getting more connected, drivers are experiencing more stress from the sheer volume of information being processed in the car,” added Pioneer President and CEO Shiro Yahara. “The importance of automobiles has increased with COVID-19, and there is a need to make the in-car experience more comfortable and enjoyable for both drivers and passengers.”
The news comes shortly after Cerence announced the expansion of its voice partnership with Wuling Automobile. The company has also been working to add more Cerence Pay partners to make it easier for people to pay for gas and other goods from inside the car. Cerence has signed deals with P97 Networks and CarPay-Diem in the past few months.