Hyundai and Kia vehicles will be equipped with built-in virtual assistants with AI-powered smarts starting in 2019 (via Engadget). The use of smart assistants in cars will make use of technology by SoundHound, the music identification company that has lately been focusing more on creating AI agent software more similar to Siri and Google Assistant.

The assistant would have the ability to perform functions like suggest places based on what’s next on your calendar or based on your previous preferences and choices. They could also have the ability to offer remote car and smart home control through voice commands, and do things like providing news and weather.

The so-called Intelligent Personal Assistant will get its official debut at CES this year, which is coming up in a couple of weeks – but it aims to begin testing in actual cars on actual roads starting in 2018, with a broad plan of 2019, as mentioned.

Kia and Hyundai both seem to be manufacturing a futuristic car with an in-car AI, but in reality, it’s actually an ongoing trend and an area of focus for auto manufacturers. Toyota, Nissan and Honda have all illustrated concept versions of car-specific assistants they aim to eventually make available, for example, and other auto manufacturers including Ford are working with Amazon and others to bring existing virtual assistants to their vehicles, too.



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