Cerence will be powering the virtual assistant in Volkswagen’s new electric vehicle. The ID.3 is scheduled to make its debut in Europe in October.
The virtual assistant, meanwhile, will leverage Cerence’s flagship Cerence Drive solution. The platform will allow drivers to control the ID.3’s various in-car features with simple voice commands, using “Hello ID” as the wake word for the system. Cerence Drive offers embedded and cloud capabilities, and can identify the voices of different speakers in the car.
Cerence Drive will also be compatible with the ID.Light LED strip installed in the cockpit of the ID.3. The strip changes colors to warn drivers about changing road conditions, and will similarly use light signals to let the driver know that the virtual assistant has been activated. As long as the assistant is paying attention, the driver can use their voice to send messages, make phone calls, and control their temperature, navigation, and infotainment systems.
“The car of the future is increasingly buttonless,” said Cerence CEO Sanjay Dhawan. “Voice control will help enhance safety, productivity and entertainment for ID.3 drivers and passengers in a new generation of the Volkswagen in-car experience.”
Cerence recently announced that it has partnered with e.solutions to develop next-generation cockpits for smart cars. The company has previously provided speech recognition technology for virtual assistants in Ford and Audi vehicles.