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The Future of the In-Car Experience is Here: Cerence Introduces Gesture-Based Interaction with the Button-Free Car of the Future
The Future of the In-Car Experience is Here: Cerence Introduces Gesture-Based Interaction with the Button-Free Car of the Future
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Button-free car Cerence introduces gesture-based interaction with the button-free car of the future

| Author / Editor: Erika Granath / Erika Granath

The future of in-car experience is here. With Cerence Drive's new features, drivers can interact with their cars using voice, eye movements, and gestures.

According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 36 percent of smartphone owners use a virtual assistant daily, and 30 percent use smart home technology daily. If the vision of automotive technology provider Cerence is realized, the percentage of drivers that leverages voice recognition to decide the route to work every day will also be double-digit in the nearby future.

Cerence now launches new features to its Cerence Drive platform, including enhanced, button-free interaction that leverages voice recognition, gaze detection, touch, and gesture.

Voice recognition and head tracking can open windows and doors

At this year's CES, Cerence showcased how voice recognition and head tracking can be used together to open windows and doors. The company also demonstrated its intelligent voice traffic notifications that leverage natural language generation to assist drivers with route selection.

Not more than a decade ago, we rolled down car windows. Today, most drivers press a button to get some fresh air in. In the future, the right motion and keywords will do the trick. Connectivity is expected to increase with the number of devices and sensors predicted to rise 200 percent to 46 billion by 2021.

Change song with a simple tapping motion

With Cerence technology, drivers can use gestures to move, select, and interact with on-windshield widgets for turn-by-turn navigation, music, weather, and more. A simple tapping motion is all that it takes to pause and un-pause music or move to the next track in the car of the future. Just as easily, using a grab-and-drop motion combined with eye-tracking, a driver can move the navigation widget in front of the passenger so they can serve as the "co-pilot."

"We believe that the best in-car experience is one that makes interacting with your car as close to interacting with another human as possible: a multi-sensory, conversational experience in which voice, eye movements, and gestures are all part of the interaction," says Sanjay Dhawan, CEO, Cerence.

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