New Honda AI Assistant Improves Voice-Recognition Tech

Honda Technology | Kansas City, MO
Honda Technology | Kansas City, MO

Honda is pairing with SoundHound Inc. to develop a new voice-enabled artificially intelligent assistant. The new Honda AI Assistant will support more-natural interactions and commands, allowing you to access media, features, and more without taking your hands off the wheel. On models like the Ridgeline, Civic Sedan, and others, driving will be easier and safer than ever before.

According to Business Insider, the new AI system has Speech-to-Meaning™ and Deep Meaning Understanding™ technologies to optimize your interactions. You can speak to your car’s voice-recognition system just like you would a real person. Honda hopes the technology will encourage more people to use voice recognition when they’re behind the wheel.

“Our Houndify Collective AI is a natural fit for automotive brands that aim to provide voice AI to drivers while differentiating, innovating and retaining ownership of their brands,” said Keyvan Mohajer, co-founder and CEO of SoundHound Inc. “We are thrilled to partner with Honda to further enhance the driving experience with the fastest and most accurate voice and AI technology on the market.”

Honda has been working with its partners through Honda Xcelerator, an open-innovation program that works to bring big companies together with smaller start-ups. This is just one of many ways Honda is revolutionizing the industry and one of the reasons you should check out the automaker’s latest advanced technologies at Honda of Tiffany Springs.

Honda’s Smart Intersection Technology Looks to the Future

2019 Honda Passport Elite | Kansas City, MO
2019 Honda Passport Elite | Kansas City, MO

The small town of Marysville, Ohio is demonstrating the first use of Honda’s Smart Intersection technology. The town, which is home to about 24,000 people is also home to Honda manufacturing and research facilities.

The intersection in Marysville uses wireless communication system, in-vehicle telematics, infrastructure control systems, and computer vision recognition system. All these systems work together with the goal of improving overall city safety.

“Our vision of a smart intersection is one that can have non-connected road users — pedestrians, cyclists — work with those that are connected, like connected cars,” Ted Klaus, vice president of strategic research at Honda R&D Americas, explained in an interview with Digital Trends.

This means that both connected and non-connected vehicles will be tracked, using cameras and other elements to help protect things that cannot be controlled, like pedestrians, cyclists, or animals crossing the street.

Currently, the Marysville intersection is under surveillance from four high-resolution cameras with a 300-foot overhead view. These cameras work with the computer detection systems to determine what is coming into view and attempt to predict its behavior. For example, if it detects a person, it will predict where they are going to cross the street. It can also use vehicle data, like a car that is about the run a red light and transmit a warning to other drivers.

Make sure to stay tuned to Honda of Tiffany Spring’s blog for all the latest news about Honda’s advanced technologies.

How to Save for a Car

Save for Your Car | Kansas City, MO
Save for Your Car | Kansas City, MO

Saving for a new car can be a drawn out process of watching your budget and pinching pennies. After all, getting $20,000 or more in your bank account is no easy task. Fortunately, you don’t need the full amount to properly save for a car.

Set Your Desired Payment

Odds are you don’t have the time to save to pay for the car in cash. The first step in saving for a car starts in determining what kind of car payment you can afford. Keep in mind maintenance, insurance, and gas will add to the cost of owning a vehicle.

Determine What You Need

Buying a car with more than you need can mean you’re wasting money. A bachelor, for example, likely doesn’t need a minivan with seating for seven. A Honda Accord or Civic might be the better choice. For families with several small children, however, a minivan is the perfect choice.

Apply for a Loan

Once you have a down payment, you can apply for an auto loan through the manufacturer or another lending institution. Typically, most lenders will offer you a loan at a reasonable rate provided you have a decent down payment, say, 10 to 20 percent, and a good credit score.

Once you’ve finally saved up for the car you want, the next step is to buy it! Get started at Honda of Tiffany Springs, where getting the best possible deal is easy.