Cerence’s conversational technology will be powering the voice assistant in a new electric SUV in China. The αT is manufactured by Beijing Electric Vehicle (BJEV), and is the first electric SUV to appear in the company’s ARCFOX line of cars.
The αT’s infotainment system will be built with Cerence Drive, which uses a hybrid embedded and cloud approach to enable a number of speech recognition features. For example, drivers will be able to use simple voice commands to control the car’s entertainment options, or to set a destination using the αT’s smart navigation system.
Cerence Drive comes with natural language understanding (NLU), text to speech (TTS), and speech signal enhancement (SSE) capabilities. It also offers voice recognition, which allows it to identify individual users and the seat they are occupying in the vehicle. The latter feature allows for more customization and creates a more personal in-car experience.
“We’re harnessing the power of Cerence’s voice expertise to enhance drivers’ experience with us,” said BJEV in a statement. “Cerence delivered us multimodal interaction with voice, touch, gesture, and AI that seamlessly integrates with our IMC platform.”
The news solidifies Cerence’s presence in the Chinese market. In December, the company released a localized AI Reference Kit to facilitate the development of natural language features in Chinese vehicles, and has since announced that Cerence ARK would be deployed in voice assistants for the Geely Auto Group and Great Wall Motors.
“We’re fortunate to have developed a close relationship with BJEV – our first Cerence ARK customer in China starting in 2018 – as the company aims to deliver a seamless voice experience to meet the growing demand in the Chinese market,” said Charles Kuai, Cerence’s Corporate SVP and President of the Greater China Region.
Cerence recently unveiled a new Cerence Studio solution that will make it easier for car manufacturers to build custom in-car voice assistants.