Continental announces a significant advancement in automotive embedded voice experiences with the new partnership with Elektrobit: the first in-vehicle integration of Alexa Custom Assistant. This comprehensive solution allows automakers to access Alexa’s advanced AI to create branded, intelligent assistants. The collaboration brings together Continental’s automotive electronics and EB’s software expertise, integrating Alexa Custom Assistant into Continental’s Cockpit High-Performance Computer with software and integration services provided by EB.

The integration of Alexa Custom Assistant to production vehicles is a significant solution for automakers who will experience the solution as part of a fully integrated digital cockpit. It will give them better insights into the solution‘s in-vehicle value proposition and enabling the discovery of novel use cases. In addition, the highly integrated hardware-software solution will put automakers on the fast track to adding an industry-leading customized voice experience to their vehicles that will set them apart from competitors.

“The automotive cockpit is changing. With more displays, cameras, sensors, and advanced features, it is becoming increasingly complex. Additionally, boundaries between life in and outside the vehicle continue to blur, with consumers expecting a seamless technology experience no matter where they are,” explained Frank Rabe, head of business unit Human Machine Interface at Continental. “Holistic interaction concepts for such complex systems are key, and the best user experience is becoming the ultimate differentiator for any automaker. Working together with Amazon, we enable automakers to create world-class customized voice AI experiences that maximize resources and enhance the customer experience.”

With Alexa Custom Assistant, all sorts of custom experiences can be programmed into the vehicle, enabling a natural dialogue between the driver, custom assistant, and Alexa to fulfil the driver’s request. In addition, Alexa’s advanced AI ensures each request is routed to the assistant to provide the most relevant and delightful experience. For example, if a customer asks Alexa to roll down a car window, the request will be seamlessly routed to the vehicle brand’s assistant. Likewise, if a customer asks the vehicle brand’s assistant to play an audiobook, the request will be routed to Alexa. Automakers can even customize their brand’s assistant with a unique wake word, voice and capabilities – providing customers with the benefits of an intelligent assistant that is their product and services expert while seamlessly coexisting and cooperating with Alexa.

Source: Continental