"Smartphone as Brain" technology is coming to CES.
Automotive technology has been taking center stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in recent years, as mechanical, electrical, and software systems become more integrated into cars.
For CES 2020, Honda Innovations programs, which are driven by collaboration, will debut several "Industrial Innovation Collaborations." One of those is with its recent acquisition, Drivemode, which develops and operates smartphone-based connected services. Another is SoundHound Inc. that Honda has a stake in. The company specializes in voice-enabled AI and conversational intelligence technologies.
Honda and Drivemode jointly developed what they call "Smartphone as Brain" technology that "provides a safe and convenient way for drivers or motorcycle riders to integrate their smartphones into the driving and riding experience while minimizing distraction." The idea being that by connecting their vehicle to Smartphones by Bluetooth, riders and drivers can then control the phone using switches on the steering devices or through voice recognition. At the same time, Honda and SoundHound have developed the voice-enabled AI conversational system called Honda Personal Assistant. The difference between your average voice command system is speed and accuracy in voice recognition and responses, and, more importantly, context.
According to Honda, the system can use the user's location or previous queries to support a natural interaction between the user and vehicle. That means we will soon be communicating with our Honda Civic and CR-V models with the command "Ok, Honda," as the automaker tries to take us into a world where various functions are controlled seamlessly by voice commands only.
Amongst other things, Honda will also be showing its UVeye technology that aims to change how automakers and dealerships inspect vehicles for quality issues. According to Honda, the scanning, detection, and alert system can check chassis components, bodywork, and tires for external and mechanical flaws as well as to detect other quality issues. That should be explained in depth at CES in January 2020, along with an exoskeletal system designed to help factory workers in their physical tasks.