Hyundai and Kia offer AI Voice Assistance in cars by 2019

Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Co. both revealed that they plan to integrate artificial intelligence assistance in their new model line after the end of 2018, with every vehicle being connected by 2025. The companies said they are going to work with other companies in order to develop ‘voice recognition AI assistants’

According to high ranking officials in the companies, Hyundai and Kia will apply the connected function to their cars starting with the Veloster, which is expected to begin next month.

Hyundai already revealed plans similar to the AI assistance, its Intelligent Personal Agent. Teaming up with SoundHound, the two developed a voice activated and recognized technology to use voice commands connected to the car. Commands can vary from a simple phone call to sending a text message or even a reminder. Hyundai plans to reveal it during CES 2018.

Hyundai and Kia both have experience in the field of AI integration. The two connected vehicles with an AI program co-developed with Kakao called “Kakao I”, which is a voice recognition technology. The technology was first connected to the Genesis G70 this year. Then, the Genesis G80 and G90 integrated Amazon’s Alexa into their systems.

“We have been working together with other domestic and foreign IT companies and developing connected cars by introducing ‘Open Innovation’ since last year.” said a representative for Hyundai and Kia Motors. “Voice recognition AI assistant that will be applied to new 2019 cars will provide various connectivity functions as it can understand 15,000 words and have conversations with natural language.”

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