Honda has always focused on providing innovative technologies in its vehicles. Now, it’s extending this focus beyond automobiles. The carmaker recently launched a new Artificial Intelligence-powered digital assistance on Facebook Messenger that will help take its marketing into the future – a help bot that will chat with customers in real-time.
The Honda Facebook Messenger bot works to provide customers with an experience that feels like a conversation with a human automotive expert, similar to the shopping experience they would normally have on shopHonda.com. This platform on Facebook Messenger, which was created through a partnership between Honda and Carlabs.ai, will allow car shoppers to message directly with a Helpful Honda representative.
In this conversation, they can ask questions about products and products; estimate payments; discover more about current offers; view photos and videos of the car they’re interested in; search inventory; and find nearby dealerships – without leaving the Facebook Messenger platform.
The goal of this bot is to help improve advertising conversion rates and provide shoppers with a quicker shopping experience. According to Jessica Fini, social media manager for American Honda, the bot should help Honda target shoppers through social media who will more likely engage with the brand through a conversation within Messenger, rather than click through the website.
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.
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.
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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.