Hyundai is unveiling its next-generation in-car command system at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month that will up the ante over rivals and integrate a user’s car, home and personal schedule into one ecosystem.
The new technology, developed in partnership with music recognition company Soundhoud, uses new ‘Houndify’ artificial intelligence to provide advanced voice recognition and response that opens the door to a wider range of conveniences than currently available.
Along with the usual text, call and navigation requests, the South Korean manufacturer’s new Intelligent Personal Agent will connect the car and home to complete more complicated tasks such as opening and closing the sunroof, locking and unlocking the car, turning on the porch lights or starting the heater either at home or in the car.
The new agent will also connect with a user’s schedule and make suggestions to prepare for an upcoming meeting or to leave a little earlier if it predicts traffic will be slow. If a plane is delayed, it can let you know not to rush.
Beyond responding to basic tasks the new AI is also capable of discerning multiple commands in one sentence, such as asking: “Navigate to the city and play my favourite playlist,” or, “turn on the lights at home and open the garage door.”
The first iteration will only recognise and speak English, including for cars sold in the maker’s home market, but it plans to introduce more languages as the system is integrated across its complete range. The first model to receive the new tech will be Hyundai’s next-generation fuel cell electric vehicles due to launch in 2018.
Hyundai says it is one of the most advanced in-car voice command systems currently available and both the flourishing car maker and Californian-based tech company will display a demo of the system at CES early next month.
Hyundai director of infotainment development, Paul Choo says integrating a driver’s daily life with their car is key to evolving how vehicles are used.
“Sophisticated voice recognition and AI integration are core to effectively providing drivers with the massive content and data that future connected vehicles have to offer,” he said.
“These elements play a key role in delivering connected-car-generated information.”
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