Hey Mercedes! Sonantic AI Voice Assistant to debut in VISION EQXX
Sonantic, a leader in developing fully expressive AI-generated voice models, has partnered with Mercedes-Benz AG on its latest technology platform for VISION EQXX, the company’s most efficient electric vehicle ever built. Mercedes-Benz AG presented the car in a digital world premiere on the Mercedes me media online platform.
Sonantic’s cutting-edge technology creates hyper-realistic artificial voices that can be sculpted, edited and directed to sound just like a human voice. The proprietary technology focuses on the nuances of human speech — such as accents, pitch, pacing, and a full range of emotions and delivery styles — to create captivating, AI-generated voice performances.
Mercedes-Benz engineers worked with Sonantic to make its “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant emotional and expressive. With the help of machine learning, the car’s road trip sidekick has a distinctive character and personality, making the conversation between driver and car more natural and intuitive than ever before.
Zeena Qureshi, CEO of Sonantic, said: “We’re proud to partner with Mercedes-Benz AG, a company that has championed innovation for nearly a century. Together, we are united in the belief that realistic, AI-generated voices can elevate the driver experience to a whole new level. I can’t think of a better way to showcase the future of voice than in the future of cars.”
“Everyone can tell when they’re speaking to a robotic, automated system. When we create Sonantic’s voice models, we focus on emotion, expression and empathy,” said John Flynn, CTO of Sonantic. “Imagine driving to your next destination being guided by a comforting companion, rather than a computer. Mercedes-Benz is a global pioneer and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this ground-breaking moment in automotive innovation.”