Cerence sees a place for smart glasses as a platform for its virtual assistant on motorcycles. As the manufacturer of transport-focused personalized voice assistants works to create its services for two-wheeled vehicles, it is partnering with tooz technologies to integrate its audio and visual assistant into tooz smart glasses.
The Cerence mobility platforms launched at the start of the year have opened up new horizons for Cerence’s voice assistant. Launched as part of the corporate overhaul Cerence Drive 2.0, the new platform aims to bring conversational AI to two-wheeled vehicles, elevators and anything that moves but isn’t a four-wheeler. standard wheels. For motorcycles, Cerence is looking for smart glasses to provide an interface to the Cerence 2-Wheeler mobility platform.
Zeiss and Deutsche Telekom collaborated to start tooz (deliberately never capitalized) with the aim of making low-cost, low-cost smart glasses with digital virtual displays. Cerence relies on tooz Smart Glasses as a solution to provide visual and vocal interactions with Cerence’s virtual assistant, adapted to the limits and safety requirements of a motorcycle. Smart glasses associated with a motorcycle via Bluetooth would allow the driver to interact with the AI entirely hands-free, using only his voice. The lenses, using reflections and the tooz optical engine, could then display an image directly on the wearer’s retina, displaying relevant information about upcoming traffic, speed limits or potential weather issues without distracting the driver. The lenses are still under development, with testing in China and Germany.
“With this collaboration, Cerence and tooz are making a significant contribution to the future of mobility and the digital ecosystem,” said Charles Kuai, senior vice president of Cerence Mobility Solutions, in a statement. “A safer and more enjoyable journey – this is not only our vision for anyone who drives a car, but also for riders of two-wheelers. We look forward to continuing our research and working with tooz to integrate voice and artificial intelligence with smart wearable devices that can enhance the two-wheeler experience. “
Motorcycle voice assistants have generally been considered full helmets, including Cerence when the initiative was first announced. This is how the Italian manufacturer of electric motorcycles Energica pursues the idea, with a device placed in a helmet to talk to a smartphone connected to the motorcycle. Jarvish went for an all-in-one look with a smart headset that integrates Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant into its display. Honda, as a maker of motorcycles and AI, is considering multiple controls for its motorcycles, with voice and handlebar switches actuating the AI. Other motorcycles adapt existing voice assistants. For example, Harley-Davidson offers a combination of screen and voice assistant controls with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay controls available on different models.
The smart glasses approach offers some advantages over other approaches. It can provide visuals as well as audio control, is less expensive than a full helmet device, and is more versatile than vehicle-only choices. Someone could use the smart glasses on the motorcycle and then get off and switch them to pedestrian mode, with the features and perks that the tooz incorporates into the device. That alone could mitigate the cost of glasses.
“The application of smart glasses in the field of mobility is one of the most important and promising use cases for end consumers,” said tooz CEO Kai Ströder. “We are convinced that the cooperation with Cerence will provide information that will significantly shape the future of mobility and smart glasses.”
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