Hyundai-Kia cars mounting Kakao voice-enabled navigation

2017.07.24 15:39:11 | 2017.07.24 15:48:07
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Hyundai Motor Co. and its sister company Kia Motors Corp. said Monday they have developed voice-enabled navigation system based on the artificial intelligence platform of messaging app provider Kakao and will mount it first on the Genesis G70 to be released in September.

The speech recognition technology will be powered by Kakao I, the artificial intelligence platform created by Korea’s leading mobile messenger operator Kakao Corp. This new feature now makes the so-called “one shot destination entry” possible.

Upon voice command, the navigation will locate the best possible destination and route.

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The mechanism works in three stages: the driver makes a voice command, Kakao’s voice-recognition server first processes the data and sends it to Kakao’s map server, which then transfers the driver’s points of interest (POIs) to the car’s navigation system.

Accurate voice recognition capability is key to the connected car because drivers need to access vast amount of data without having to use their hands. For multiple choices, the user can prioritize them through speech or touchscreen.

The program will first go on the Genesis G70 in September and gradually be expanded to other models.

The automakers plan to make the program available without additional charge to current users of Blue Link and UVO, their automotive telematics services.

By Lee Seung-hoon and Oh Chan-jong

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