DAEJEON, Nov. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — A team of South Korean researchers has developed an in-car voice assistant based on artificial intelligence (AI) communication technology that avoids initiating conversation with the driver when it is determined that it would be a distraction.
The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology said Monday that a research team led by Lee Eui-jin, a professor of industrial and system engineering, has developed in-vehicle interactive AI service technology with increased safety.
The new technology can solve the problem of distracting attention by determining when communication is safe. It integrates various sensor data and surrounding environment information collected from the vehicle.
The service first collects sensor data, such as steering wheel and brake pedal input, as well as surrounding environment information such as vehicle distance and traffic flow.
It then develops a simulated interactive service that analyzes the environmental information in the event of successful communication with the driver and finds the appropriate timing for talking.
In situations where it is not difficult to drive with vehicles communicating without interruption, simple information such as the weather forecast is delivered.
For interaction requiring a driver’s input, questions are only asked in situations where driving requires minimal attention or where the dialogue service success rate would be high.
Based on the service, 29 drivers conducted 1,388 interactions with voice agents and to build a database. With the tested data, the accuracy of the service reached up to 87 percent.
“This technology can be applied to infotainment systems for vehicles immediately by utilizing data from basic sensor information in cars,” said Lee.
Kevin Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)