Cerence and tooz technologies are teaming up to improve the on-road experience for people riding two-wheeled vehicles. The joint solution will combine tooz’s Smart Glasses with Cerence’s voice-powered virtual assistants.
The arrangement will specifically take advantage of Cerence’s 2-Wheeler Mobility Platform, which was released as part of the Cerence in Motion portfolio in January. The platform allows riders to control various aspects of their vehicle with simple voice commands. The utility is comparable to that found in four-wheel vehicles but optimized for those with two, and improves driver safety because it allows motorcycle and scooter riders to interact with their vehicle while keeping their hands on their handlebars and their eyes safely on the road.
The tooz partnership will take that one step further, since it allows people to view contextual information that would normally be displayed on a windshield or a dashboard. For example, someone wearing the tooz Smart Glasses will be able to learn about traffic jams, speed limits, and basic navigation updates without ever needing to change their field of vision.
tooz itself is a joint venture between ZEISS and Deutsche Telekom. Information from the vehicle will be communicated to the Glasses through a Bluetooth connection.
“The application of smart glasses in the field of mobility is one of the most promising use cases for end consumers,” said tooz CEO and Managing Director Kai Ströder. “We are confident that the cooperation with Cerence will yield insights that will significantly shape the future of mobility and smart glasses.”
“We look forward to continuing our research and work with tooz to integrate voice and AI with smart wearables that can enhance the two-wheeler experience,” added Cerence SVP and Mobility GM Charles Kuai.
Cerence previously placed an AI voice assistant in the A1 Pro Smart Electric Scooter from 70mai. More recently, the company partnered with P97 Networks to make it easier for people to pay for gas and other goods from their cars while on the go.