Custom Cloned Voice Assistant Claims Safety Boost

A personalized cloned-voice assistant is being heralded as a potential safety feature because it allows drivers to choose a voice of authority they are more likely to heed.

Automotive supplier Cerence has launched its My Car, My Voice system saying it allows car owners to create custom voices for their in-car assistants. Its system claims people can quickly create a carbon copy of their own voice or that of a family member or friend to be the persona of the voice assistant for directions, messages and updates.

While providing a more human-like experience, the manufacturer also claims the voice of a loved one can generate a more attentive or urgent response from a driver. To create a voice clone, a person records a series of short sentences using a mobile app that guides the user through the recording, allowing for corrections or pauses as required. The system can also account for uneven volume of recording or other inconsistencies.

Sanjay Dhawan, CEO, Cerence, said: “We pride ourselves on building the most natural, convenient and fun in-car voice assistants in the world. Cerence My Car My Voice takes the experience to a whole new level – imagine having your spouse, partner, best friend or other family member as the voice within your car.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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