Alibaba to integrate AI smart speaker into Chinese cars from Audi, Renault and Honda

By William Smith
Alibaba’s AI research division has announced a partnership with a number of auto brands to integrate its AI solution into their cars. Alibaba A.I. La...

Alibaba’s AI research division has announced a partnership with a number of auto brands to integrate its AI solution into their cars.

Alibaba A.I. Labs will incorporate its Tmall Genie Auto smart speaker into Chinese internet cars from Audi, Renault and Honda, giving drivers access to intelligent voice-controlled information and services. In their press release the company listed some of the features, including identifying nearby attractions and restaurants, checking the status of package deliveries and ordering items on Alibaba’s retail platform.

“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. “We are thrilled to partner with global distinguished auto brands such as Audi, Renault and Honda. Together, we can greatly enhance our in-car services and make driving experience more intelligent and interconnected.”

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Tmall Genie Auto is an offshoot of the company’s smart speaker, the Tmall Genie, which Alibaba says can control more than 100mn devices from over 600 smart appliance brands. Customers with access to both Tmall Genie and Tmall Genie Auto will in the future be able to access smart-home devices from their car.

Hasegawa Yusuke, the Executive Vice President of Honda Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd, said: “The world’s mobility industries are currently undergoing a major transformation. Our mobility and daily lives will finally enter into the era of Internet for Everything, Honda has been actively embracing the trend of electrification and ICVs, and accelerating the advancement of the third-generation Honda CONNECT system which includes the Smart AI function. We look forward to working with Alibaba A.I.Labs on creative initiatives by leveraging the AI technology and Alibaba’s diverse ecosystem services.”

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