Car manufacturers are increasingly adopting artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistants for future models so it’s not surprising to see two firms with a history of adopting new in-car technology ahead of their rivals throw their hats in the ring as well. Kia and Hyundai have both revealed that their 2019 cars will include artificial intelligence-backed virtual assistants.
Kia and Hyundai will start to offer this virtual assistant in their cars by 2019. The companies are aiming to connect all of their models to this new technology by 2025.
Hyundai has been working with SoundHound to develop an Intelligent Personal Agent that will enable users to control their car and smart home devices remotely. It will also offer proactive suggestions based on the user’s past preferences and choices.
On the surface, it sounds like this new assistant will do basically what any other assistant can do. However, the report does mention that it will have the ability to recognize multiple commands. That means if the user tells the assistant to turn on the lights and tell them the time at the same time, it will be able to follow through on both commands instead of tripping over itself, so to speak.
Hyundai’s Intelligent Personal Agent is going to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 next month. A simplified version of the assistant will be tested in the company’s hydrogen fuel cell cars that will be taking to public roads in South Korea next year.