The driver can turn on the wipers aloud or turn up the volume ...
General Motors Co. cooperates with the British company VocalIQ Ltd. in the development of a new voice control system for cars, media reported. The work takes place at the GM Research Technology Center in Israel, which specializes in the creation of self-driving cars, robots and man-machines. Negotiations on the terms of the contract have not yet been completed, but cooperation has been going on for several months.
According to preliminary data, General Motors and VocalIQ are working on a prototype voice control system that will be integrated into the navigation dashboard of GM vehicles. The innovation will allow the driver to tell the car to release the wipers, adjust the volume or show the route. GM now offers several models equipped with Apple Inc.'s Siri Eyes Free voice system.
Steve Young, co-founder and president of VocalIQ, said his company is developing the world's first voice-guided car system that learns the driver's words and intentions while improving it. For his part, VocalIQ CEO Blaise Thomson said: "We intend to make a demo version of the application that can be used in cars and show how our approach improves results."
It should be noted that VocalIQ, which spun off in 2011 from the University of Cambridge's Dialogue Systems Group, recently raised £ 750 1,3 (US $ XNUMX million) from investors led by Amadeus Capital Partners. The Cambridge-based company develops machine learning programs to support voice control of devices.