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Kakao and Hyundai/Kia to Co-operate on Server-based Speech Recognition Technology for Drivers

registration date : 2017.07.24

[Seoul, South Korea – July 24, 2017] Kakao (CEO Rim Ji-Hoon) announced plans to co-operate with Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. (Hyundai/Kia) to implement server-based speech recognition technology in automobiles utilizing Kakao’s artificial intelligence (AI) platform, Kakao I.  The implementation is expected to begin in September of this year with the Genesis G70 model. 

 

Kakao I is a comprehensive AI platform combining Kakao’s key AI technologies involving multimedia and language, including speech and image recognition, text-to-speech, natural language processing, image recognition and chatbots. Kakao plans to grow the platform by connecting it with in-house services and opening it up to various outside partners. All products and services utilizing Kakao I will be authenticated with a “Kakao I Inside” logo.

 

The server-based speech recognition technology co-developed with Hyundai/Kia is the first outside service to incorporate Kakao I. The ‘One Shot’ process allows drivers to voice search for various destinations, including restaurants, landsmarks, service stations, and more, with just a single step.

 

After pressing the voice search button on the steering wheel, drivers can see accurate navigation information by simply stating the command word and destination. The system supports a large variety of search and filtering functionality, including addresses, businesses in specific neighborhoods, and others.

 

Once the driver’s search word is registered, it is processed through Kakao’s speech recognition servers. From there, the relevant navigation information is delivered to Kakao Map servers, then transferred into Point of Interest (POI) data on the car’s navigation system.

 

Kakao and Hyundai/Kia have been co-developing the technology after signing an MOU last year, and plan to continue the partnership on AI technology, as well as commercialization of connected cars.


Since launching a voice search feature for Daum Mobile app in 2010, Kakao has continued to advance the technology. It currently provides a wide variety of speech recognition and speech synthesis functions through Daum Mobile, Daum/Kakao Map, Kakao Navi, Kakao Taxi, Kakao TV and other services. (END)