9 Brands Leading the Way With Custom Voice Assistants
Let’s take a look at a few companies that have overcome the challenges of voice AI adoption and launched successful voice assistants.
Announcing the latest integration of our Houndify voice AI platform that’s powering the custom voice assistant in the Kia Seltos Smart SUVs in India. With Houndify, drivers can make queries and control various aspects of the car and more, simply by using their voice. The Kia Seltos’ custom voice assistant currently supports Indian-English accents, with additional languages from across the Indian region coming later.
The Kia Seltos is enhanced by our Speech-to-Meaning™ and Deep Meaning Understanding™ technologies to deliver unprecedented speed and accuracy in voice recognition and responses. This also means drivers do not have to remember specific voice commands or phrases to control the various aspects of their car or ask for information. They can simply say things like: “I feel hot” or “Please tell me today’s weather.” Drivers are also able to use their natural voices to search in real-time for locations of interest, weather, date, and time, make phone calls, control the car’s media and navigation, and much more.
With Houndify, Kia is delivering an in-car driving experience that’s more useful, intuitive, and safe. Earlier this year, we announced a partnership with Hyundai Motor Group to bring the first voice-enabled, smart-connected SUV to the Indian market. The Hyundai Venue launched with support for understanding English, specifically Indian-English accents, with additional languages from across the Indian region coming later. The cars began shipping in India in June.
Voice AI is redefining in-car experiences worldwide by making them safer, smarter, more natural and hands-free. Custom in-car assistants help brands create a more personal connection between the vehicle and driver through intelligent voice control, resulting in a driving experience that’s truly voice-first.
With Houndify as a partner, leading automakers like Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz are making a leap forward in convenience and connectivity. Users can ask complex, multi-part questions and filter results all at once. For example, users can ask: “Where’s the nearest coffee shop, and can you roll up the windows and turn on the AC?” Houndify handles both online and offline functions, so users can still access in-car functions using voice control, even without cloud connectivity.
The Kia Seltos launched in India earlier this month to an overwhelmingly positive reception with tens of thousands of bookings in just a few weeks.
Features, such as edge and cloud technology, multiple-language capabilities, and voice commerce, are moving in-car voice experiences from step-by-step commands to conversational experiences that are frictionless and helpful to users, while offering auto OEMs more opportunities to expand into the world of e-commerce and voice payments—delivering real revenue and Return On Investment (ROI).
Built with Houndify’s Speech-to-Meaning® and Deep Meaning Understanding™ technologies, the voice assistant in the new Elantra models delivers the most progressive in-car experience in its class.
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Voice assistants are increasingly the preferred method for users to search, ask questions, and complete tasks efficiently, quickly, conveniently, and hands-free. In 2020 alone, 45% of internet users searched via voice, according to We Are Social. Even before voice assistants became ubiquitous, the auto industry recognized voice AI as a way to deliver safer, smarter, more natural, and — most importantly — hands-free in-car experiences.
In-car voice assistants have become more than just a way to pull up music and navigation, hands-free. They are becoming the standard for exceptional driving experiences by offering functionalities that are defining the future of the auto industry. As car manufacturers seek to differentiate themselves in a market increasingly saturated with the latest technological advancements, they’ll need to distinguish themselves with voice AI that surpasses user expectations and needs.