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When HiCar Meets CarPlay — What Enable a Performant In-Vehicle IVR System

Date : 2022-08-05     View : 45

At this year's global WWDC22 Apple Developer Conference, Apple not only announced its core processor and other technologies, but also demonstrated the newly upgraded car linkage system CarPlay. Since then, CarPlay is no longer just a simple projection of the iOS system, but now iOS can fill the entire car screen. HE Xiaopeng, chairman and CEO of XPeng, also mentioned on the social media platform Weibo, that CarPlay is a very good solution in this generation of cars, and the next-generation of smart car solutions require more comprehensive full-stack self-development and ecological construction.

Also, in 2019, Huawei released HUWEI HiCar, which is similar to CarPlay, establishing a linked intelligent ecological chain of Huawei mobile phones, cars, and homes, and has cooperated with many car companies. Whether this year's CarPlay is tit-for-tat, with the sword aimed at Huawei, is still unknown. Whether it is CarPlay or HiCar, the dominant interaction is still voice interaction, ensuring the safety of the hand-held steering wheel. The in-vehicle intelligent system mainly includes five aspects: multimedia entertainment, vehicle control, intelligent navigation, driving behavior monitoring, and vehicle condition monitoring. Every aspect involved in speech is synthesized, and the recognition volume of speech is high technology. The challenges mainly include the influence of noise in specific vehicle scenes and high requirements for anthropomorphic synthetic speech.

Challenge

Vehicle Voice Scene Noise

Due to the driving process, there is a lot of uncertain noise. For example, various noises such as wind, wipers, gear shifting, and other driving sounds will affect the accuracy of speech recognition. The in-vehicle environment has high requirements for safety. Only by ensuring the accuracy of recognition can intelligent speech recognition not affect the driver's judgment. Generally speaking, in-vehicle voice interaction mainly emphasizes providing services for drivers. However, with the development of in-vehicle voice systems, in-vehicle voice assistants need to meet the different needs of drivers and passengers in the future. Drivers may have driving-related requirements, but passengers may have some entertainment needs. Since there are more than one person in the vehicle environment, the recognition of multiple people's voices, the automatic identification of the location of the inquiring object, that is, the sound source localization, and the correct answer are all problems that need to be solved urgently in the current vehicle voice system.

Synthetic Speech Personification Requirements

The synthetic output of speech is the link that most affects the user experience. The necessity of safety requirements during driving determines that the synthesized speech must be accurate, logically clear, and pronounced clearly. Only in this way can the driver or other passengers get positive feedback. Ensure safety during driving. For continuous conversations, speech recognition should accurately identify the user's intention, give concise and accurate answers, and not be too verbose, which will affect the driver's judgment, and cause 'road rage' and other factors that bring safety hazards. Therefore, continuous dialogue + extensive ecological content services + more emotional personal avatars will become an important evolution direction of the in-vehicle voice industry.

Solution

To improve the accuracy of speech recognition and the clarity of synthesized speech in vehicle speech scenarios, it is necessary to improve the robustness of speech recognition models and synthesis models. In the model training process, by adding more data that matches the actual landing vehicle scene, it is guaranteed that the model has seen more scene data, and the model's ability to recognize speech in various scenarios is improved. However, due to the in-vehicle environment, voice acquisition is very difficult. A professional data company team is required to provide data support. Magic Data has provided in-vehicle voice data in multiple languages and mixed languages for many automobile industry enterprises and voice interaction system R&D enterprises. The in-vehicle scene data includes multiple languages, multiple noise environments, and multi-device recordings, etc.

Singaporean English In-Vehicle Scripted Speech Corpus

In-Vehicle Noise Corpus

Voice interaction is the key technology to improve the in-vehicle user experience. A large amount of in-vehicle speech and sound data is the cornerstone for both HiCar and CarPlay.

For more information, visit www.magicdatatech.com/datasets.

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