Toyota and Google have announced a partnership that will see the automaker use the tech company’s latest AI-powered speech service feature. More importantly, the aforementioned feature will be available in the next generation of Toyota and Lexus infotainment systems, regardless of their internet connection – despite the lack thereof.
The latest Toyota and Lexus infotainment systems are based on Linux and already use Google Cloud technology. Its voice assistant feature uses Google Cloud’s speech-to-text service to accurately perform automated speech recognition for in-vehicle queries. It was jointly developed by Toyota Motor North America Connected Technologies and Toyota Connected Organizations since 2018.
The latest partnership aims to elevate this by using an AI-powered system that no longer requires an internet connection.
Traditionally, speech and voice assistant interactions rely heavily on the power of the Internet connection because natural language processing is extremely complex and may require specialized computers.
“By working closely with Toyota to understand the needs and capabilities of its in-vehicle devices, we are able to use only a small fraction of the processing power to ensure the best possible experience for drivers,” said Amish Vimori VP. Managed to deliver server-like quality by using,” , Global Strategic Customers & Industries, Google Cloud.
With Google Cloud’s latest Speech on Device feature, embedded devices will get the same powerful, AI-powered speech recognition and synthesis available in the cloud, regardless of Internet connectivity. More importantly, it will be available for Toyota and Lexus vehicles soon without having to wait for the next Toyota infotainment update coming in 2025.
Specifically, the offline, AI-powered voice assistant will be available in 2023 model year Toyota vehicles, including the Tundra, Sequoia, and Corolla family. Likewise, 2023 Lexus vehicles will also get the same, specifically the NX, RX, and all-electric RZ.