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Bosch puts the voice assistant behind the wheel

Bosch has put the voice assistant behind the wheel. The newly developed technology frees drivers from distractions so that they can concentrate on their essential task making driving safer as well as more comfortable.

According to a study from the Allianz Center for Technology, German car drivers are frequently distracted when, for instance, they operate the navigation system, adjust the air conditioning, or answer a phone call. This kind of distraction is one of the primary causes of road accidents. Voice command functions of the past offered little help in this respect. They are frequently structured as a menu of possible options. The driver must commit the structure to memory and read the required commands from the display, and that is just as distracting. The Bosch assistant no longer responds to rigidly worded commands. The voice recognition system understands natural sentence structures and can even handle accents and dialects.

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Bosch puts the voice assistant behind the wheel

More than a decade of work has been invested in the development of the voice control. The driver can make phone calls, find destinations, control lighting etc and the assistant also has the ability to think ahead and learn. The Bosch assistant has no need whatsoever of an external data connection. The infotainment system in the car takes over the calculation without sending any data to the cloud. Casey even stays with the drivers in tunnels, when far away from areas with good mobile network coverage, or in other countries when the smartphone is offline.

Regardless of whether it is called “Casey”, “Michael”, or “Linda”, the Bosch voice recognition system understands and speaks 30 different languages with a total of 44 female and 9 male voices. The driver activates the assistant by calling out “Hey, Casey” or uses the new name given to the assistant. The driver starts every new dialog simply by speaking directly to the assistant; no longer does the driver have to wait for a peep before starting to talk.

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