Aiqudo forms partnerships with Byton and Sensory
Aiqudo, a voice technology company, announced a partnership with electric vehicle manufacturer Byton to bring Aiqudo’s Voice AI (artificial intelligence) platform to Byton cars. In addition, Aiqudo has announced that it is collaborating with embedded voice and vision AI company Sensory to bring voice solutions to market that serve as white-label alternatives for voice services and assistants. The two companies are working on solutions targeting automotive, mobile app, smart home, and wearable device applications.
With regard to Byton, Aiqudo says its Voice to Action platform will enable interacting with customers’ favorite apps on their mobile phone hands-free while driving to seamlessly integrate with Byton’s Digital Experience.
Aiqudo’s Voice AI platform will voice-enable actions in native apps within the Byton ecosystem, as well as launch app actions on personal mobile devices in the vehicle. Byton drivers and passengers will reportedly be able to navigate, make calls, send messages, listen to music, shop, join meetings, and make payments using voice commands with apps they frequently use. In its integration with Byton, Aiqudo incorporates the personalization and individual choice reflected by consumers’ favorite apps, as well as personal elements within apps, such as preferred playlists, contacts, or favorites, all without user registration or setup.
Aiqudo’s voice platform comprises a semiotics-based intent engine that understands natural language commands in seven languages. The company’s white-label voice platform is designed to allow car manufacturers, phone, and smart device OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and mobile app developers to define unique voice experiences for their customers.
“We believe that voice will soon be the primary way people interact with their digital world. We’re partnering with Byton to bring a high utility, personalized voice experience to their automobiles,” said John Foster, CEO of Aiqudo. “The in-car experience is a prime use case demonstrating the power of voice. Customers can now drive safely, undistracted, and hands-free, and still use their favorite apps just by using their voice.”
Aiqudo’s Action Kit functionality will be offered to app developers through the Byton developer portal.
“Action Kit enables Byton app developers to easily and effortlessly enable voice within their applications for the company’s range of cars and expansive infotainment systems,” said Dr. Rajat Mukherjee, Aiqudo CTO. “Byton’s vision of the car of the future, equipped for autonomous driving, will accelerate the need that users have to access their personal digital lives everywhere."
With regard to the Aiqudo and Sensory collaboration, Aiqudo states that, currently, companies and brands must piece together different technologies to fully implement a voice solution. With their technologies combined, Aiqudo and Sensory expect to deliver a fully integrated end-to-end solution that combines Sensory’s wake word, voice biometrics, and natural language recognition technologies with Aiqudo’s multilingual intent understanding and action execution (Q Actions) to provide the complete experience consumers expect.
“Voice adoption continues to grow rapidly, and brands are always exploring ways to streamline the process of integrating a convenient voice UX into their products,” said Todd Mozer, Sensory’s CEO. “Working with Aiqudo allows our two companies to provide the industry a turnkey solution for integrating powerful voice assistants into their products that feature brand-specific wake words and are capable of recognizing who is speaking.”
The initial integration is focused on the automotive vertical that will be showcased at 2020 Consumer Electronics Show. Aiqudo’s Auto Mode highlights a highly personalized user experience in the car using the Q Actions platform. Enhanced with Sensory’s wake word (TrulyHandsfree) and voice ID (TrulySecure) functionality, multiple users can access their personal mobile devices just by using their voice to execute personal actions.
“Users just need to enter the cabin with their smartphones,” said Mukherjee. “There’s no registration required, and the personalized wake word and voice biometrics allow users to instantly access their personal apps seamlessly and securely.”