The Latest Hyundai Tech Features a Voice-Activated Driving Assistant

Hi Hyundai!

Visitors to CES heard plenty of "Hey Siri" and "OK Google"  commands in order to power up gadgets, appliances and speakers. But a new command on the CES floor that had visitors abuzz was: "Hi Hyundai!"  And it's big Hyundai news for both driving enthusiasts and tech fans.   Hyundai tech launched a voice recognition system called "Intelligent Personal Agent" which will roll out on all Hyundai models starting in 2019. It's the first vehicle voice-activated assistant and it plans to not only respond to driver requests but also predict a driver's needs and make appropriate and helpful suggestions. 

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Intelligent Personal Agent (IPA) plans on taking a car's typical voice-enabled smartphone commands to the next level. More like a personal assistant than a voice-activated infotainment control, the Hyundai tech is designed to be proactive by predicting the driver's needs and providing important information without a prompt.    For example, IPA may give the driver a reminder of a scheduled meeting with a suggested departure time and route that would take into account what traffic will be like. Or upon arrival into a driver's home garage, the system may ask if the driver would like to continue streaming the in-car music inside the house through the home's audio system.    Besides providing useful information the system will also respond to your requests to:
  • Lock and unlock the car doors
  • Operate the air conditioner
  • Open and close the sunroof
  • Control in-home functions like turning lights on and off or stream music into their home audio system via an app

Artificial Intelligence Sets the New Hyundai Tech Apart

IPA is sophisticated enough to understand multiple requests made in one sentence because it is based on an artificial intelligence platform designed by the Silicon-Valley company SoundHound. And the artificial intelligence component, which Hyundai has been working with SoundHound on for over a decade, is what truly sets IPA apart.   According to Paul Choo, Hyundai's Director of Infotainment, "When the user says, 'Tell me what the weather will be like tomorrow and turn off the lights in our living room,' the system recognizes two separate commands in the same sentence and completes each task separately."   Multiple advancements come together to create the Intelligent Personal Agent and include:
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Voice recognition
  • Internet of Things (IOT)
  • Driver stress detection
  • Car-to-Home IOT capability
  • Driver Control From Car to Living Room
All new 2019 Hyundai models fitted with IPA will also feature a new state-of-the-art cockpit. The personal virtual assistant can be activated by saying: "Hi, Hyundai." Besides assisting the driver with various in-vehicle tasks, it will also allow a driver to control the home environment for a "seamless transition from car cockpit to living room," according to Hyundai news. Sensors in the steering wheel will also be able to assess a driver's stress levels to assist in driving function as required.   The assistant will only understand English for now, but other languages are slated in the future.
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