SoundHound Houndify Powers In-Car Assistant in Honda’s Newest European Models

SoundHound, a provider of voice-enabled artificial intelligence and conversational intelligence technologies, is integrating its Houndify voice AI platform into the new Honda e electric car and the top selling Honda Jazz in Europe.

The Honda Personal Assistant—powered by Houndify—gives drivers an in-car conversational interface to control their environment and access navigation, entertainment, and information hands-free. The personal assistant supports French, German, Spanish, Italian, and English.

Houndify voice AI includes patented Speech-to-Meaning and Deep Meaning Understanding technologies for voice recognition and responses. The platform can also understand context, such as the user's location or previous queries.

Through Houndify's voice AI, drivers and passengers can ask Honda Personal Assistant even the most complex questions, such as: "OK Honda, show me restaurants within five kilometers, except French and Japanese ones, that have Wi-Fi, have at least three stars, and are open past 10 pm." Houndify allows for follow-up questions, such as "Does it have parking?" The natural language interface can proactively prompt for the next step, like directions to the destination. Deep navigation integration allows drivers to ask other follow-up questions, such as, "Are there any convenience stores along the way?"

"Honda e is the first fully electric vehicle to feature Houndify's voice AI platform, and Jazz is one of Honda's most popular cars in Europe," said Keyvan Mohajer, CEO and co-founder of SoundHound, in a statement. "We are proud of our partnership with Honda Motor Company and look forward to the growing use of the Honda Personal Assistant in Europe."

New Honda e and Jazz Cars in Europe to Feature In-Car Voice Assistant (Photo: Business Wire)

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