A model test-drives the new Hyundai Sonata equipped with an AI platform developed by Kakao. (Hyundai Motor Company)
By Park Gil-ja and Yoon Sojung
Artificial intelligence (AI) functions such as voice recognition and car control will be installed in the latest Hyundai Sonata set for release this week.
Leading Korean IT company Kakao said on March 18 that the new Sonata will be equipped with an AI platform technology dubbed Kakao I. This will enable drivers to use high-tech functions such as voice recognition and car control.
Both Hyundai and Kakao jointly developed a voice recognition system for the popular car model by combining a dialogue-based voice assistance service and Kakao I technologies.
The Sonata will offer more than ten AI-powered services such as news briefings, weather forecasts, information on films and TV programs, and language interpretation.
The car can also answer questions on topics ranging from the latest news to the English equivalents of select Korean words. The driver simply asks what he or she wants to know while pushing the voice recognition button.
Kakao said its latest technology can also control air conditioning, heating, cooling and wind direction through the car’s voice recognition function. All the driver has to do is to give commands like "Turn on the air conditioner," "Remove humidity" or "Direct more wind to the body."
Both companies said they will collaborate to take the lead in connected-car network technology.