Hyundai and Kia connected cars to adopt AI voice assistant service next year

Park Sae-jin Reporter Posted : 2018-08-30 15:09 Updated : 2018-08-30 18:01
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[Courtesy of Hyundai Motor]

SEOUL -- In an effort to take the upper hand in the new era of connected cars, Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors will add an artificial intelligence (AI) voice assistant service to the companies' cars next year.

Hyundai said in a statement uploaded to its news blog on Thursday that Kakao Mini, an AI voice assistant platform operated by web service giant Kakao, will be installed in infotainment systems of Hyundai and Kia cars next year.

Kakao Mini is an AI speaker that operates based on Kakao's AI service platform. Its users can give voice commands such as playing a song or making changes to an online scheduler. The voice assistant feature will provide drivers with a totally new experience, Hyundai said.

According to the carmaker, The AI platform will be optimized for vehicle use and drivers will be able to control a car's features such as air conditioning, audio by talking to the car's infotainment system.