Affectiva, a worldwide leader creating AI emotions, along with Nuance Communications Inc., an AI conversation innovator, recently announced they have been working with one another to push for more human-like car assistants inside of vehicles. Affectiva Automotive AI, an AI run in-car sensor, will be combined with Nuance's AI conversation Dragon Drive service. The combined product will give consumers the first car assistant that can analyze and comprehend a driver's emotional state through voice and face expressions and change accordingly.
The integration of Affectiva’s technology with Dragon Drive will expand the breadth and depth of contextual, emotional and cognitive data that automotive assistants can detect and account for. Affectiva Automotive AI measures facial expressions and emotions such as joy, anger and surprise, as well as vocal expressions of anger, engagement and laughter, in real-time. Affectiva Automotive AI also provides key indicators of drowsiness such as yawning, eye closure and blink rates, as well as a physical distraction or mental distraction from cognitive load or anger.
Nuance’s Dragon Drive powers more than 200 million cars on the road today across more than 40 languages, creating highly customized, fully branded experiences for Audi, BMW, Daimler, Fiat, Ford, GM, Hyundai, SAIC, Toyota, and more. Powered by conversational AI, Dragon Drive enables the in-car assistant to interact with passengers based on verbal and non-verbal modalities, including gesture, touch, gaze detection, voice recognition powered by natural language understanding (NLU), and now, through its work with Affectiva, emotion and cognitive state detection.
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