Cerence will be providing voice assistant technology for yet another Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer. This time around, the company’s conversational tech will be featured in the G3 SUV and the P7 sports sedan from XPeng, Inc.
XPeng’s voice assistant has been dubbed Xiao P, and it is part of the company’s broader Xmart OS In-Car Intelligent System. Xiao P is built with Cerence ARK, which is a localized AI Reference Kit that was designed specifically for the Chinese market. Cerence ARK offers speech recognition with natural language understanding and text-to-speech capabilities, all of which allow the driver to control various in-car systems with simple voice commands. For example, the driver can use their voice to play music, or to navigate to the nearest charging station.
Xiao P uses a hybrid cloud and embedded setup to deliver consistent service in areas with poor connectivity. Cerence will also be providing voice technology for XPeng vehicles outside China, with the manufacturer indicating that it plans to expand to Norway later in the year.
“Xiao P voice assistant offers a natural, easy-to-use, personalized way for G3 and P7 drivers to communicate with their cars, creating a more comfortable and enjoyable driving experience,” said XPen VP Ji Yu.
“XPeng is a respected leader that is transforming the EV space in China and worldwide,” said Cerence SVP and Mobility and IoT GM Charles Kuai. “As the G3 and P7 become increasingly popular, we look forward to wowing Chinese drivers with an intelligent, intuitive, accurate voice-enabled assistant that serves as a true companion in the cockpit.”
Cerence has now provided voice tech for multiple electric vehicles in China, with XPeng joining a client roster that already includes and Beijing Electric Vehicle and NIO. Dongfeng, Geely Auto Group, and Great Wall Motors are some of the company’s non-electric customers in the region.