Cerence announced that Volkswagen selected Cerence to power the innovative voice assistant in Volkswagen’s new, fully electric ID.3, the first in the automaker’s new generation of electric vehicles.

Incorporating Cerence Drive products and innovations and summoned with a simple, “Hello ID,” the ID.3 in-car assistant delivers voice-powered control for all key in-car functions, including music and media, navigation, heating and air conditioning, phone calls and messaging. Cerence provided core embedded and cloud technologies to power the assistant, including intelligent, natural speech recognition; human-like language output; and speech signal enhancement to accurately identify who in the car is talking.

In addition, Cerence Drive integrates with ID. Light, an LED strip that runs across the cockpit to assist the driver by changing color according to its current function and driving conditions. ID. Light lets drivers and passengers know that the voice assistant is listening through a light signal that indicates that it is awake and listening. The first Volkswagen ID.3 vehicles, which are available in Europe only, are slated to be delivered to customers in October 2020.