SoundHound Inc., the provider of in voice-enabled AI and conversational intelligence technologies, has announced a partnership with Hyundai Motor Group to bring the first voice-enabled, smart-connected SUV to the Indian market. Powered by SoundHound Inc.’s Houndify voice AI platform, the Hyundai Venue SUV enables drivers to speak queries and control various aspects of the car simply by pushing a button on the steering wheel and talking using their natural voices. The Hyundai Venue launches with support for understanding English, specifically Indian-English accents, with support for additional languages across the Indian region coming later. The Houndify-powered Hyundai Venue began shipping in India this month.

Houndify is integrated into the Hyundai Venue shipping in India through the automotive company’s BlueLink Connected Car platform. With Houndify, drivers are able to use their voices to search in real-time for points of interests; ask about the weather, date, and time; make a phone call; and control the car’s media, navigation, and more.

Houndify technologies represent more than a decade of R&D and innovation by SoundHound Inc., resulting in unique advantages, making it the smartest and most accurate voice AI platform in the market. SoundHound Inc.’s Speech-to-Meaning and Deep Meaning Understanding technologies deliver unprecedented speed and accuracy in voice recognition and responses, and an ability to understand context, such as the user’s location or previous queries, to support natural interactions. Another key advantage of Houndify is its architecture for collaborative intelligence called “Collective AI,” a powerful mechanism that facilitates collaboration among developers by enabling them to extend the functionality of existing knowledge domains. This results in a global AI with comprehensive knowledge that is always learning, is crowdsourced to domain experts, and is larger than the sum of its parts.