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Infotainment systems for voice-controlled cars represent a big step forward
By Parisa Naraei  |  Mar 21, 2024
Infotainment systems for voice-controlled cars represent a big step forward
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Alexa and Siri are well-known voice assistants but deliver mixed results. Similar technology is now going a step further to create smarter car infotainment systems, with AI researcher and tech expert Parisa Naraei shedding light on the specific methodology involved.

TORONTO - Scripting in Python for a voice assistant - whose instructions are handled based on a user’s needs - is fairly simple as it is a growing language with different prebuilt libraries. This method of converting speech into text, called speech recognition, is commonly used in Alexa and Siri and other voice assistants. In Python, an application programming interface called Speech Recognition enables conversion of speech into text. For my team and I, making our assistant for a car infotainment system was an exciting task that made it easier to send emails without typing, run a Google search without a browser, play music, open one’s favorite integrated development environment with a single voice command, and perform many other daily tasks.

Technological advancements are already such that voice assistants now perform any task equally as effectively as humans - and sometimes do better at articulating them too.

This project - whose main activities were playing music, detecting weather, finding locations, searching Wikipedia, sending emails, tuning in to audio news and playing audiobooks - quickly made apparent that artificial intelligence (AI) is decreasing human effort and saving time in every field. The fundamental question thus is: How is this an AI? The virtual assistant (VA) for the infotainment system my team and I developed is more the output of a collection of statements rather than AI. At its core, the purpose of an AI computer is to execute tasks more effectively than a human. The VA my team and I came up with is not a great example of AI, but still has various noteworthy abilities.


The car infotainment system has become much more intellectual in recent years and now handles many functions of a modern car. Many cars use a single screen

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