Automotive AI specialist Cerence Inc. has announced it has been selected by SAIC-GM Wuling Automobile to power the auto-maker’s WISE (Wuling Interconnected Smart Ecosystem) solution, as well as the upgraded generation of its WIND (Wuling Indonesian Command) Indonesian language automotive voice control system.
SAIC-GM Wuling Automobile — a joint venture between SAIC Motors, General Motors, and Liuzhou Wuling Motors — launched the WIND system in the Wuling Almaz SUV in 2019 in Indonesia as its first model built for a market outside of China. The new WIND system featuring Cerence support launched in March of this year in the Wuling Almaz RS, giving the vehicle additional voice-powered features and functions.
“We’re extraordinarily proud of the recognition WISE has received thus far from the Indonesian automotive industry and drivers in the region,” said Michael Budihardja, Brand and Marketing Director, SAIC-GM-Wuling Motor Indonesia. “The successful launch of the Wuling Almaz RS, which is powered with accelerating technology, marks a milestone achievement in the Indonesian automobile market, and we are pleased to partner with Cerence to bring smart, connected experiences to drivers in new regions.”
Users summon the WIND system by using the “Hello Wuling” hot-word in order to gain access to Cerence’s conversational AI featuring natural language technology and text-to-speech capabilities. With its new language support for the Bahasa Indonesia language, consumers can use their voice to control features like the air conditioner, power windows, navigation, and the entertainment system including conducting voice searches for songs and local news.
“Cerence has always been committed to user-centric driver experiences, designing intelligent voice assistants that can understand unique needs and preferences and helping automakers to provide the next generation of intuitive and user-friendly in-car experiences, especially as they expand to new markets,” said Charles Kuai, SVP & General Manager, Mobility Solutions, Cerence. “We are honored to support Wuling in its successful global expansion as we together create new mobility experiences that will have a positive impact on Indonesian drivers.”
For its part in the development of WISE for the Almaz RS, Cerence conducted research and usability tests involving Indonesian drivers, and used the data collected from these studies in combination with its deep learning models and neural network technology to aid the work of more than 100 engineers working alongside Wuling in building the key features for the vehicle.