Alibaba, the Chinese search company, is teaming their Alibaba AI Labs research division up with auto manufacturers Renault, Honda, and Audi to put their Tmall Genie Auto into cars.
Tmall Genie Auto, an artificial intelligence solution developed by Alibaba AI Labs, will offer a variety of voice-controlled information and services. The in-vehicle assistant will help drivers to identify nearby attractions and restaurants, book movie tickets, check the status of package deliveries, read children’s books, and order items on Alibaba’s retail platform.
In addition, car owners with a Tmall Genie-compatible devices, such as the Tmall Genie speaker and Tmall Genie mirror, will be able to monitor and control smart-home devices from their cars in the near future, according to the company. Drivers will be able to check on the temperature and lights, or turn on the heater and air conditioning at home from their vehicles.
“By providing AI technologies, including speech-recognition and Natural Language Processing, Tmall Genie Auto enables car users to access an extensive in-car infotainment portfolio by tapping into Alibaba’s rich content and service ecosystem,” said Miffy Chen, General Manager at Alibaba A.I. Labs said in an emailed statement.
Partnership with Alibaba will help Audi to offer more localized in-car voice assistant services to their Chinese customers, according to H.W. Vassen, senior director of Digitalization and NEV Development at Audi China.
The current deals are just the latest involving of Tmall Genie’s integration with automobiles. Since the launch of Tmall Genie Auto solution last April, Alibaba A.I. Labs has also partnered with auto brands including BMW and Volvo Cars.
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