A Voice-Enabled World Highlighted at CES 2020
Innovations in auto tech and voice tech took center stage at CES 2020. Here are some highlights and key takeaways.
It’s almost time for CES 2020, the global stage for innovation and where brands focused on the business of consumer technologies gather every year. We’re excited to announce that this year Honda will debut several “Industrial Innovation Collaborations” including one with SoundHound Inc.
This year, Honda Xcelerator, a global, open innovation program from Honda Innovations, and SoundHound Inc. will be appearing together to introduce the new “Honda Personal Assistant.”
The Honda Xcelerator Industrial Innovation Pavilion will be a hub of activity as the group plans to highlight several partnerships and collaborations. As a strategic partner, we will be featured in their booth (#7900 in the North Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center), from January 7–10.
The new “Honda Personal Assistant” uses our powerful Houndify Voice AI platform to enable seamless, hands-free interactions for Honda drivers. Houndify’s Speech-to-Meaning™ and Deep Meaning Understanding™ technologies work together to deliver unprecedented speed and accuracy in voice recognition and responses, and allows the assistant to understand context, such as the user’s location or previous conversations. Honda will be offering greater convenience and enhanced mobility experiences for its drivers.
In addition to a strategic partnership with SoundHound Inc., Honda Xcelerator will also spotlight its acquisition of DriveMode, a startup that develops and operates smartphone-based connected services.
Other collaborations that Honda Xcelerator will be showcasing at CES include:
Monolith AI — A library of machine learning algorithms uniquely tailored to advanced engineering applications.
Noonee — Creators of The Chairless Chair 2.0, a passive exoskeleton that enables employees with standing workplaces to work ergonomically, comfortably and productively.
Skelex — Developers of an ergonomic device for the manufacturing environment to reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries — alleviating fatigue from the shoulders resulting from repetitive overhead work.
UVeye — Architects of a new AI technology that promises to dramatically change how automakers and dealerships inspect vehicles for quality issues.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley with satellite offices in North America, Europe, Israel, China, and Japan, Honda Xcelerator is designed for innovators across all funding stages who seek to transform technology and business. Its focus areas include AI/robotics, autonomous driving, human-machine interfaces, micromobility, connected car services, industrial innovation, and more. Honda Xcelerator offers funding for rapid prototyping, collaborative workspaces, and pairing with Honda mentors.
If you’re planning to be at CES this year, come meet the SoundHound team at Honda’s booth (#7900 in the North Hall) at the Las Vegas Convention Center, from January 7–10. You can also contact us via this form if you want to set up a meeting.
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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.