Cerence targets the two-wheeler market through a new partnership with Firmware. The latter is a Japanese developer specializing in navigation software, with a particular focus on two-wheelers.


Together, the two companies will help create personalized voice assistants for Japanese two-wheeler manufacturers. The partnership will leverage Micware’s two-wheel software expertise and the Cerence Ride 2-Wheeler mobility platform, which leverages Cerence’s voice technology for a two-wheel experience.

Cerence Ride was first introduced as part of the Cerence in Motion portfolio at the start of the year and has since been incorporated into tooz’s smart glasses. The solution is compatible with iOS and Android devices, and with more customized on-board operating systems. Once deployed, it allows riders to control various app features with simple voice commands, so they can send messages, change radio stations or check the weather without moving their hands or taking their eyes off the road. .

In this regard, Cerence Ride comes with capabilities for speech recognition, text-to-speech, speech signal enhancement, and natural language understanding. Systems built with the platform will link a pilot’s helmet to an app on a smartphone or to the vehicle itself.

“The explosive growth of the two-wheeler market presents an exciting opportunity to leverage our experience in the automotive market for a whole new mobility experience,” said Cerence SVP and Mobility Solutions GM Charles Kuai. “We are delighted to be working with Micware to deliver a wide range of intelligent voice experiences to riders around the world in partnership with Japanese two-wheeler manufacturers. “

“The integration of Micware’s navigation technologies and Cerence’s cutting-edge voice interaction technologies will open up new possibilities for two-wheeler OEMs and their drivers,” added Takuma Segawa, director of Micware.

The partnership will reduce the time required to develop a personalized voice assistant. Cerence’s voice assistant technology had previously appeared in the 70mai A1 Pro smart electric scooters in China.


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