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Groupe PSA vehicles to have voice recognition smart assistants

Groupe PSA has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Silicon Valley start-up SoundHound Inc., the leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language voice recognition technology.

The unique Deep Meaning Understanding technology developed by SoundHound Inc. is the only solution that, like a human being, can instantly answer multiple questions in a single sentence.

SoundHound is developing voice and AI integration algorithms to tailor the world’s fastest speech recognition technology and seamless natural language understanding capability to Groupe PSA’s vehicles.

The new generation voice assistant will enable Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall customers to converse naturally with their vehicle.

The digital personal assistant will be able to act on its own to perform a variety of tasks, such as finding a restaurant that meets several criteria (e.g. open on Sunday evening), activating vehicle functions and launching connected services.

With a single voice command, drivers will be able to simultaneously regulate temperature, ventilation and the direction of air conditioning.

Within two years, Groupe PSA will be rolling out the best conversational experience on the market, to provide users with a progressively more seamless, efficient interface.