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BMW, Microsoft join forces to improve voice control

by Justin King

The new platform aims to make voice interaction more personalized and natural-sounding.

BMW and Microsoft have announced new joint projects that could improve voice interaction with vehicle infotainment systems.

One project involves a new open-source platform that focuses on making conversations with the BMW Personal Assistant more personalized, natural-sounding and multimodal.

BMW envisions a future in which drivers can naturally interact with the vehicle by having a simple conversation. For example, the vehicle could remind the owner that service is due and start a voice dialogue that leads to an appointment to visit a service center. Drivers would also be able to manage their personal emails and calendar appointments during a journey.

The open-source platform is one of several projects that aim to enable BMW drivers to have a natural conversation with their vehicle.

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