Cerence will be powering the speech recognition features in Hyundai’s new IONIQ 5 electric vehicle. The IONIQ 5 is a mid-sized CUV, and is the first in a planned series of battery electric vehicles from Hyundai.
With regards to speech recognition, Hyundai will specifically be using Cerence Drive as the foundation for its Dynamic Voice Recognition system. The in-car voice assistant can be activated with a push-to-talk button located in the steering wheel, and allows drivers to control various aspects of the vehicle with simple spoken commands. For example, drivers could use their voice to send a text or activate the heated seats, or to change the channel on the radio or set a destination for the navigation system.
The Dynamic Voice Recognition offers support for multiple languages, which should increase the appeal of the IONIQ 5 ahead of its European launch.
“We wanted to deliver sustainable and innovative features that redefine the electric car experience,” said Hyundai Infotainment Development VP Haeyoung Kwon. “Technology plays a huge role in this, and we are thrilled to partner with Cerence to bring their globally lingual automotive assistant platform into the IONIQ lineup.”
“The expectations of EV drivers are changing, as they are no longer willing to compromise on features and functionality,” added Cerence CEO Sanjay Dhawan. “IONIQ 5 is delivering a high-end driver experience that puts technology and safety at the forefront with reliable, easy-to-use voice recognition.”
Cerence released an updated 2.0 version of Cerence Drive at the beginning of the year. Beijing Electric Vehicle, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Volkswagen are some of the other major auto manufacturers that have previously used the platform to build their own in-car voice assistants.