2 octobre 2014
Elektrobit & Nuance humanise la nouvelle Audi TT Roadster !
Elektrobit et Nuance annoncent aujourd’hui, en marge du Mondial de l’Automobile 2014, l’intégration de la compréhension du langage naturel et de l’intelligence artificielle au Cockpit Virtuel de la nouvelle Audi TT Roadster.

C’est le premier modèle du constructeur allemand à intégrer ces technologies avancées, fournies par la plateforme Dragon Drive de Nuance, personnalisées par Elektrobit pour Audi.

Les conducteurs comme leurs passagers s’assurent désormais d’une conduite toujours plus performante et sécurisée, grâce à un concentré de reconnaissance vocale, de compréhension du langage naturel et d’intelligence artificielle.

Via des commandes vocales particulièrement intuitives, ils contrôlent le menu, le téléphone, les medias ou encore la navigation depuis le système d’infotainment de l’Audi TT Roadster dans un langage de tous les jours. Ils donnent leurs instructions et échangent avec le Cockpit Virtuel de manière naturelle et simple, sans détourner leur attention de la route.

Ces technologies sont disponibles pour les modèles allemands et anglais de l’Audi TT Roadster. Elles seront déployées dans d’autres langues et pays prochainement.

Press release in English :

Paris, France, October 2nd, 2014 – The bond between man and machine is about to get personal. Elektrobit (EB) and Nuance unveiled today at Paris Motor Show the integration of voice and natural language understanding (NLU) technology as part of the Virtual Cockpit in the new Audi TT Roadster. As a result, drivers are able to engage in a more natural, conversational dialogue with Audi’s infotainment and navigation capabilities, the same way they would talk to their friend. With intuitive voice commands, drivers and passengers can control system menu, phone, tuner, media and navigation features through everyday speech, without having to stick to defined commands.

The new TT is the first Audi model to feature NLU as part of a fully speech-enabled infotainment system powered by Nuance’s Dragon Drive connected car platform. Drivers and passengers will be able to experience an even more consistent, natural speech dialogue with incredibly accurate speech recognition and text-to-speech that has been optimized for the automotive environment. The result is a smarter, safer in-car experience that allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road, and hands on the wheel. “Natural language understanding is an integral part of Audi’s revolutionary Virtual Cockpit concept, and makes the in-car experience as intuitive as the driving dynamics,” said Markus Schupfner, Vice President Operations, at EB's Automotive Business Segment. “The Virtual Cockpit is a milestone for HMI development and sets the stage for a new industry standard.”

EB has integrated this industry-leading voice technology into the application developer ecosystem, ensuring smooth communication with applications like navigation, phone, organizer and other systems. e.solutions GmbH, a jointly owned company of EB and Audi, took over the integration of the application portfolio into the overall HMI system and created a seamless user experience. Both EB and e.solutions worked with EB’s leading integrated HMI software platform EB GUIDE.

The NLU system is embedded in Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, a new HMI concept that enables easier and more intuitive user interaction. It lets people control and interact with applications and services like navigation, phone and email as well as multimedia content through natural speech. Speech dialog systems without NLU lead the user through a long dialog of questions and answers, and required the user to stick to specific words and phrases.

Now with NLU the infotainment system understands the sense of naturally spoken sentences like “Where is the next gas station on our way?” or “Could you please find the nearest restaurant?” Natural language understanding in the Audi TT will be available in German and English (UK) at first, with more languages to follow. Other, non-NLU voice control features are available in more than 20 languages.

The new Audi TT natural language understanding system marks another important step in the long-standing partnership of EB, Nuance and Audi for voice technology. Since the release of the Audi A1 in 2008, EB and Nuance have provided state-of-the-art voice technology to a number of models and car lines. The new NLU system will gradually be rolled out to other models of Audi as well. “Natural and intuitive interactions are key for an excellent driver user experience and user acceptance. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit sets new milestones in terms of usability and we are proud that our voice and natural language technology is part of the innovative concept in the new Audi TT”, says ArndWeil, Vice President and General Manager, Nuance Automotive.

  Source : Elektrobit (EB) and Nuance
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