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Audi, Renault, Honda Add In Car AI With Tmall Genie Auto

Auto News - Published on Thu, 13 Jun 2019

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Owners of Audis, Renaults and Hondas in China will soon be able to “ask” their cars for everything from restaurant suggestions to movie tickets thanks to speech-recognition technology from Alibaba’s artificial intelligence unit, the company said during the CES Asia conference in Shanghai. The automakers plan to integrate Tmall Genie Auto, a voice-controlled product from Alibaba AI Labs, into select models of internet cars they sell in the world’s second largest economy. The new smart assistant for cars will allow owners of select models to request recommendations for nearby places to eat, buy movie tickets, order food for delivery, even make purchases on Alibaba’s Taobao and Tmall e-commerce platforms without taking their eyes off the road.

The services are part of an in-car feature the Labs first launched last year that links car and home through the AI-powered smart assistant. Tmall Genie Auto initially allowed consumers to check on their cars from home, such as ensuring that all windows were closed and doors were locked. Later, the Labs added car-to-home services, such as monitoring and controlling Tmall Genie-compatible smart appliances, such as lights, air conditioners and heaters, from their vehicles. There are also options for in-car entertainment and shopping. Since launching, Volvo Cars and BMW have signed on to integrate Tmall Genie Auto into some of their internet-enabled vehicles, as well.

Mr Miffy Chen, general manager of Alibaba AI Labs said that “By providing AI technologies, including speech-recognition and Natural Language Processing, Tmall Genie Auto enables car users to access a rich in-car infotainment portfolio by tapping into Alibaba’s rich content and service ecosystem.”

Mr HW Vassen, senior director of digitalization at Audi China said that “We aim to extend in-car voice assistant services according to the demands and needs of our Chinese customers. To do so, one of our next steps is to intensify the cooperation with Alibaba Tmall Genie.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 13 Jun 2019
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