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How Vocal iq Will help Apple Cars


On Friday  Apple  acquired a UK-based Cambridge start-up whose artificial-intelligence software helps computers and people speak to each other in a more natural way.



Vocal IQ


VocalIQ uses machine learning to build virtual assistants that try to recreate the type of talking computers that appear in science-fiction films such as Samantha in Her or Jarvis in Iron Man. The deal is Apple’s third acquisition of a UK company this year.

Its technology could help Apple to improve Siri, its virtual assistant, as well as further the iPhone maker’s automotive ambitions.

While VocalIQ’s speech processing and machine learning technology could be incorporated into devices from wearables to the connected home, the company was particularly focused on in-car applications. This included a collaboration with General Motors.General Motors Co [GM] .GM is working with the UK based software maker to develop an advanced voice-control system for vehicles that would allow spoken commands to access navigation and entertainment systems and accessories.

Apple has also recently aquired  US based ,Mapsense ,which will help it with the enormous API bigdata generated in autonomous vehicle transportation.[see below]


The work is being overseen by GM's Advanced Technical Center in Israel, which focuses on research and development of autonomous vehicles, robotics, and human-machine interface.



In the VocalIQ blog  it described how a “conversational voice-dialog system” in a car’s navigation system could prevent drivers from becoming distracted by looking at screens. Its “self-learning” technology allows “real conversation between human and the internet of things”, VocalIQ wrote.
This would improve on virtual assistants such Siri  :




Google Now




Microsoft’s Cortana



Amazon’s Alexa




which rely on scripted interactions and can respond only to particular commands.
In another blog, VocalIQ said existing assistants have fallen “well short of consumer expectations”, singling out Siri as a mere “toy”.

VocalIQ, is the  University of Cambridge’s Dialogue Systems Group, uses deep learning to improve language recognition, with a focus on trying to understand the context in which commands are given.




Blaise Thomson - the future of human-machine conversation

The company is led by chief executive Blaise Thomson, a South Africa-born mathematician, and chairman Steve Young, a professor of Information Engineering at Cambridge. It raised £750,000 in seed funding last year, led by Amadeus Capital Partners, the venture capital firm.

“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” Apple said in a statement confirming the deal.



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