HMI voice interaction to the next level on Audi A8 with SemVox ODP S3


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With SemVox ODP S3, the most powerful platform for proactive AI-based interaction, the new Audi A8 becomes a highly connected and intelligent assistant.

Over 200 functions can be voice-controlled in the new Audi A8. ODP S3 makes it possible to combine voice control with other input options such as touchscreens; thanks to the intelligence of ODP S3, the Audi A8 understands exactly what the user means and enters into an active dialogue with him – this is how the “Audi seamless connect experience” also becomes a reality for voice control.

Interacting perfectly with the robust speech recognizer, ODP S3 in the new Audi A8 acts as a central platform for user interaction with the vehicle. No matter if the navigation system is being used, calendar functions accessed, messages written, or a restaurant is to be found: the natural-language and fluent voice control, which is only possible with ODP S3, is unique in the world and frees the user from rigid menu structures and restricted commands. SemVox ODP S3 is fully offline and allows unrestricted operation of functions in the vehicle even without an Internet connection. If there is a connection to the Internet, the system can download and install new functions from the cloud at any time – without a visit to a mechanic.

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SemVox’s dialogue manager learns by itself, asking questions when needed, or offering choices that really make sense in context. In response to the command “Call Peter!” ODP S3 can, for example, identify the most frequently called contact with first name “Peter” based on past interactions from the people available in the phone book, and suggest it directly. Thanks to ODP S3, the user is even able to interact with the vehicle beyond the boundaries of individual menu areas. For example, you can call a contact from the phone book and then have the associated address taken over as the navigation destination: “Take me there!” No navigation system can currently be used more efficiently and naturally.

“With ODP S3 we optimally cover all scenarios in the vehicle. The Artificial Intelligence in our software platform allows unimagined freedom of communication with the vehicle. And thanks to the superior flexibility of SemVox ODP S3, vehicles and other systems can become intelligent in virtually any language and platform.” -Dr. Norbert Pfleger, CEO of SemVox.

“Owners and drivers of a premium vehicle also expect premium service. For us, SemVox ODP S3 is the optimal solution for an intelligent and comfortable voice control in the car,” says Jens Halfmann, project manager of Voice Control A8, Audi AG. 


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Intelligent Speech Dialog

In order to let communication with machines work flawlessly, a well-functioning speech dialog systems is needed. Only when the different modes of Human-Machine-Interaction are integrated into an overall concept, a truly intuitive and user-friendly control system can emerge. Thanks to the latest findings in the field of Artificial Intelligence Research, many of the shortcomings of older voice recognition systems have been eliminated. Voice control has come of age. Rigid menu structures, continuous repetition and bad translations into the system are now things of the past. SemVox systems understand what you say and do, because they are thinking along.

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Based on context, situation and semantics, ODP-S3-based dialog systems deduct connections, ask the correct questions and lead to the best solutions. Thanks to the semantic cross-linking, neither filler words nor special grammatical phenomena are a problem. A smart system learns: ODP S3 adapts to user behaviors. The systems can react on events and are capable to automatically start a dialog.

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SemVox ODP S3 is ready for the cloud. A complete solution – not just the speech recognizer – works on your server, either “on premise” or outsourced. Of course, ODP S3 can also be embedded.

With the ODP Workbench, SemVox offers a complete, elaborate tool chain for the development of intelligent and proactive interaction systems. The ODP Workbench includes comprehensive tutorials and an extensive online documentation.



Case study – Listening projector

SemVox ODP S3 enables integrators to develop next generation dialog systems and to integrate them into their systems. With ODP Workbench is available an integrated tool chain based on Eclipse which supports all steps of the development process and contains a Software Development Kit (SDK). In the demo above is shown the base functions of using the ODP Workbench to make a projector (InFocus IN3118HD Projector) listen to your voice. Solutions based on the ODP S3-platform can fulfill various functions and serve many different purposes in a wide range of scenarios and fields.

Raffaele Schiavullo
the authorRaffaele Schiavullo
ADMINISTRATOR - Senior 3D/Virtual Reality Specialist and Automotive HMI developer - Working in London and "insanely" passionate about technology and its creative applications


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