Cerence is looking to provide better voice services for drivers in Japan. To that end, the company has set up a new cloud service center in the country, suggesting that the installation will improve response times and deliver a better overall experience for Japanese drivers in cars that have integrated Cerence products into their designs.
That includes vehicles from the Toyota Motor Corporation, which has signed on as the country’s first cloud service center customer. Toyota’s use of Cerence technology dates back to 2014, though Cerence had not yet spun out and was still part of Nuance Communications at the time.
The Japanese cloud center will support speech recognition, text-to-speech, natural language understanding, and other technologies that appear in Cerence’s latest in-car voice assistants. For example, the company’s speech recognition tech powers the Agent feature that is available as part of Toyota’s Connected Services. Agent allows drivers to search for and set navigation destinations with simple voice commands, and will now offer faster response times thanks to the cloud hosting center.
“As expectations for AI-powered automotive assistants continue to expand for Japanese drivers, we are committed to growing and enhancing our offerings to meet their needs,” said Cerence Japan Regional VP Shojiro Kimura. “The installation of our new cloud service center in Japan demonstrates our constant dedication to bringing a state-of-the-art experience to our Japanese OEM customers and their drivers.”
Cerence recently unveiled an updated version of its flagship Cerence Drive platform that will make it easier for auto manufacturers to deliver hybrid embedded and cloud capabilities. The company has also launched a new Cerence Look service that can answer any questions a driver may have about the local area, and announced an improved Cloud Services portfolio that will boost interoperability and enable more vehicle integrations with smartphones and other IoT devices.