SoundHound Delivers In-Car Voice Experiences to Stellantis Vehicles in Europe
SoundHound AI, a provider of voice artificial intelligence, has incorporated its voice AI technology, including its Edge+Cloud connectivity, multiple language abilities, and custom wake words, to Stellantis' most popular vehicles in Europe.
Key to the enhanced in-car experience is SoundHound's Edge+Cloud connectivity technology. Through a seamlessly arbitrated combination of embedded and cloud connected voice AI technology, drivers maintain access to navigation and other critical information, even when cloud connection is lost or unavailable.
The addition of multilanguage voice AI capabilities and custom wake words ensure Stellantis models can meet the growing needs of customers in global auto markets and retain name recognition through a customized experience. Current languages include French, U.S. and U.K. English, Spanish, Italian, German, European and Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese, and Chinese. Other languages, including Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, Polish, Swedish, Russian, Czech, Danish, Korean, and Norwegian, are planned in the next 18 months.
The partnership with Stellantis marks the first time SoundHound's Speech-to-Meaning and Deep Meaning Understanding technologies have been made available in a unified hybrid (cloud and embedded) in-car voice experience. SoundHound's Edge+Cloud and Active Arbitration technologies work together to ensure that the voice assistant will always return the most accurate answer, navigation, and full in-car control, with or without connection to the cloud.
"Our partnership with SoundHound began in 2018 with a goal to achieve mass production of voice-enabled vehicles by the end of 2021—starting with our ex-PSA models and then expanding to ex-FCA brands for Europe and China," said Alexandre Fromion, senior expert for connectivity and infotainment at Stellantis, in a statement. "The powerful hybrid cloud and embedded connectivity of SoundHound's Voice AI platform allows us to deliver always-on voice experiences for customers on the go."
"Our long-standing partnership with Stellantis is a direct result of SoundHound's sophisticated end-to-end solution. It's a truly disruptive voice AI and the result of over 17 years of innovation," said Keyvan Mohajer, co-founder and CEO of SoundHound, in a statement. "Our technology offers companies full control over their brand, user data, and privacy policies, while delivering the greatest value for third-party integration."
Partnership brings together SoundHound's advanced voice AI platform and DMI's Edge-to-Cloud solutions, bringing voice recognition and conversational AI into the vehicle.
Voice assistants will be in 78 percent of all new cars built in 2026, SAR research predicts.