voice interaction

Frost & Sullivan Forecasts Rise of Branded In-Car Digital Assistants

Frost & Sullivan Forecasts Rise of Branded In-Car Digital Assistants

Frost & Sullivan is predicting that digital assistants will become an increasingly important component of automotive branding in the next five years. Digital assistants allow drivers to control various navigation, safety, and entertainment features with simple voice commands to minimize the number of distractions they face while on the road. They also provide an opportunity…

Facebook Releases Open Source Speech Recognition Platform

Facebook Releases Open Source Speech Recognition Platform

Facebook has announced that it will be making its wav2letter@anywhere online speech recognition framework more readily available as an open source platform. The framework was developed by Facebook AI Research (FAIR), which claims that it has created the fastest open source automatic speech recognition (ASR) platform currently on the market. “The system has almost three…

Cerence Teams Up with LG to Develop New In-Car Voice Assistant

Cerence Teams Up with LG to Develop New In-Car Voice Assistant

Cerence is teaming up with LG Electronics to give drivers more control over the in-car experience. The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that attests to their plan to develop a software solution that blends Cerence ARK (AI Reference Kit) with LG’s webOS Auto platform. Cerence ARK is a voice assistant that…

Cerence Brings Gesture Recognition Windshield to CES

Cerence Brings Gesture Recognition Windshield to CES

Cerence is showing off an improved version of its Cerence Drive platform at CES 2020. The multimodal upgrades primarily concern technologies like gaze detection, head tracking, and voice and gesture recognition, and will give drivers more ways to control various elements of the vehicle without the need to press any buttons. The highlight is the…

Sensory and Aiqudo Team Up to Deliver Comprehensive Voice Assistant

Sensory and Aiqudo Team Up to Deliver Comprehensive Voice Assistant

Aiqudo and Sensory have teamed up to develop more comprehensive voice assistant technology. The new joint solution will blend Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree and TrulySecure tech with Aiqudo’s Q Action platform. While Aiqudo and Sensory both specialize in voice tech, the two companies argue that their solutions complement each other in a way that will allow the…

Sensory Brings Speech Recognition to Kitchen Appliances

Sensory Brings Speech Recognition to Kitchen Appliances

Sensory has released a new speech recognition platform designed for smart appliances like microwaves and refrigerators. The platform is essentially a modified version of the company’s TrulyNatural technology. According to Sensory, the new solution is noteworthy because it does not raise the privacy concerns of competing virtual assistants. The platform does not store any voice…

Google to Train Voice Models to Understand People With Down Syndrome

Google to Train Voice Models to Understand People With Down Syndrome

Google has announced a partnership with The Canadian Down Syndrome Society to train their technology to better understand people with Down Syndrome. Due to their unique voice patterns, Google’s voice models don’t always understand people with Down Syndrome. By collecting voice samples and using them to train its AI models, Google and the Canadian Down…

Baidu Emphasizes Children’s Mode in New Xiaodu X8 Smart Speaker

Baidu Emphasizes Children’s Mode in New Xiaodu X8 Smart Speaker

Baidu has released its latest smart speaker for the Chinese market. Dubbed the Xiaodu Smart Display X8, the new smart home device offers an 8-inch FullView touchscreen display with 1280×800 resolution and a robust four-microphone array to facilitate far-field voice interactions. The X8 supports multiple biometric modalities, including face and gesture recognition. Facial recognition is…

Cerence Releases Localized ARK Platform for the Chinese Market

Cerence Releases Localized ARK Platform for the Chinese Market

Cerence has released a new turnkey solution developed specifically for Chinese cars. Dubbed Cerence ARK (short for AI Reference Kit), the new platform will make it easier for Chinese auto manufacturers to integrate a localized voice assistant with robust AI capabilities into their various automotive offerings. The ARK platform utilizes Cerence’s speech and voice recognition…

Cerence Upgrades Flagship Voice Assistant Platform

Cerence Upgrades Flagship Voice Assistant Platform

Cerence has released an upgraded version of Cerence Drive, its flagship smart car virtual assistant platform. Cerence Drive provides car manufacturers with speech and voice recognition tech that can serve as a foundation for cloud-based and embedded conversational assistants. The latest iteration of the platform makes improvements to the company’s natural language understanding (NLU) engine,…

Cerence and Wuling Bring Voice Controls to Indonesian Drivers

Cerence and Wuling Bring Voice Controls to Indonesian Drivers

Cerence has partnered with Indonesia’s Wuling Motors to develop the first Indonesian-language smart car voice assistant. The Wuling Indonesian Command (WIND) platform has already been placed in the Wulin Almaz, and was selected as the winner in the technology category at the 2019 Apresiasi Inovasi Awards. Like other voice assistants, WIND allows drivers to use…

Nuance’s Automotive Spinoff Makes Market Debut

Nuance’s Automotive Spinoff Makes Market Debut

“…the company noted that its AI solutions are already being used in almost 300 million vehicles, from brands including Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, Geely, GM, SAIC, and Toyota, among others.” Cerence has officially spun off from its parent company, Nuance Communications, having become a standalone connected car solutions specialist on October 1st. The official spinoff…

New Chrome OS Update Seeks to Put Google Assistant at Center of Smart Home

New Chrome OS Update Seeks to Put Google Assistant at Center of Smart Home

“The update reflects a growing trend pair of trends as consumers increasingly rely on voice interfaces to interact with their devices, and tech companies seek to make their own proprietary AI assistants the go-to platforms for smart home interaction.” The Google Assistant is getting a higher profile thanks to a new Chrome OS update. The…

Nuance Introduces Back-End Improvements for Intelligent Engagement Platform

Nuance Introduces Back-End Improvements for Intelligent Engagement Platform

Nuance Communications is expanding its Intelligent Engagement Platform to make it easier for enterprises to develop their own conversational AI using the platform’s open framework. The improved Engagement Platform is cloud agnostic, offering more robust back-end capabilities and services that include messaging, agent AI, and biometric security. The Intelligent Engagement Platform was built to be…

Fortune Business Insights Forecasts $28 Billion Voice Recognition Market

Fortune Business Insights Forecasts $28 Billion Voice Recognition Market

Fortune Business Insights (FBI) has released a new report on the voice and speech recognition market, projecting that the market will grow from $6.89 billion to $28.34 billion between 2018 and 2026. The market is expected to display a CAGR of 19.8 percent during that period. FBI credits a number of different factors for the expected growth,…

NXP MCU Enables Offline Voice Commands for Smart Devices

NXP MCU Enables Offline Voice Commands for Smart Devices

NXP has unveiled a new i.MX RT106L crossover microcontroller (MCU) that will make it easier for device manufacturers to integrate voice commands into various smart devices. The major selling point is the platform’s local capabilities, which enable voice commands without the need for a cloud connection and consequently offer more privacy than a fully connected…

SEC Filings Pave Way for Nuance Automotive Spinoff

SEC Filings Pave Way for Nuance Automotive Spinoff

“Cerence will build on Nuance’s robust foundation of voice- and Artificial Intelligence-based technology solutions for vehicles, capitalizing on growing market excitement around smart and connected car technologies.” Nuance Communications has officially filed its Form 10 Registration Statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for the spinoff of its automotive division, marking the latest important…

Mercedes AR Exhibit Lets You Play Tennis with Sloane Stephens

Mercedes AR Exhibit Lets You Play Tennis with Sloane Stephens

Mercedes-Benz is bringing a new Augmented Reality installation to the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament in Queens, NY. The exhibit allows visitors to receive an AR tennis lesson from 2017 U.S. Open Champion Sloane Stephens, and will be on display from August 21st to September 8th at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. “This…

ABI Predicts Voice Integration will Boost Home Robotics Market

ABI Predicts Voice Integration will Boost Home Robotics Market

A new report from ABI Research predicts that the integration of smart home technology will fuel the widespread adoption of home robotics. The firm notes that while consumers have been slow to warm to residential robotics, the introduction of smart home features – and voice control in particular – would drastically increase the appeal and…

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