A new partnership between Cerence and Xevo will allow drivers to use their voice to authorize payments while on the road. The arrangement will specifically bring Cerence Pay to the Xevo Market, the latter of which is an in-car services platform that lets drivers place orders and complete transactions using a vehicle touchscreen.
Cerence Pay will expand on that utility and enable fully contactless payments. The platform is built with Cerence’s conversational speech recognition tech, and authorizes individual payments with face and voice biometrics. Xevo Market, meanwhile, is already available in millions of connected vehicles. It can be used to pay for gas and parking, and to place orders and pay for food with participating restaurants.
The two companies indicated that they will expand on their partnership to deliver a more comprehensive in-car experience in the future. To that end, they will integrate Cerence Drive into the Xevo Glass infotainment platform, and will also work to give vehicle manufacturers more control of their consumer data.
“Together, Cerence Pay and Xevo Market deliver an all-in-one solution that supports drivers through the entire purchase process, enhancing their safety and productivity on the road and delivering new contactless payment solutions,” said Cerence CEO Sanjay Dhawan.
“Xevo is always working to help automakers deliver the most advanced connected-car experience possible, and partnering with Cerence helps deliver on that goal,” said Lear CTO John Absmeier (Lear is the parent company of Xevo). “Cerence Pay is an exciting advancement in on-the-go transactions and is a powerful enhancement to the Xevo in-vehicle commerce platform, particularly with the current emphasis on contactless interactions.”
Cerence recently introduced a new Cerence Look feature that is able to provide drivers with more information about the world around them. The company is expected to introduce a batch of new products at a virtual launch event on January 19.