Are Tesla and Xiaomi about to create a joint partnership?
According to reports, smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is reportedly interested in making an electric car, despite actively denying involvement in cars over the past six months.
CEO Lei Jun has declared Xiaomi's active interest in electric cars behind the scenes according to several outlets and the leader loves Tesla Motors, the U.S. based electric car manufacturer.
If reports are to be believed, Xiaomi VP Li Wanqiang is visiting Silicon Valley and may be trying to hash out a deal with the luxury electric automaker. Tesla already has an active presence in China, but Xiaomi may be looking for a partnership of some kind.
A partnership with Xiaomi could be huge for Tesla in China. Xiaomi has a strong presence with the young audience and could potentially sell millions of electric cars.
Tesla has not created a hardware partnership yet, but many critics believe Xiaomi could be a great partner. It offers software and hardware solutions and has various factories in the country, which could become potential homes for Tesla car manufacturing.
The new electric car may be a new version of the Tesla Model S or a different model altogether. Tesla is currently working on two new models for 2015 and 2016 release.
It is unclear exactly what Xiaomi plans to do, whether they want to go alone in the car-manufacturing world or work with Tesla Motors in some fashion. What is clear is Xiaomi's interest in electric cars, even if the company denies it to the public.
The company's leader Lei Jun has interests in many markets and electric cars are definitely one of them. Xiaomi is also working on a smart home platform, which could integrate with the electric car in some way.
Fluent.ai x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line
Fluent.ai has deployed its voice recognition solutions in one of BSH’s German factories. BSH leads the market in producing connected appliances—its brands include Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, NEFF, and Thermador, and with this new partnership, the company intends to cut transition time in its assembly lines.
According to BSH, voice automation will yield 75-100% efficiency gains—but it’s the collaboration between the two companies that stands out. ‘After considering 11 companies for this partnership, we chose Fluent.ai because of their key competitive differentiators’, explained Ion Hauer, Venture Partner at BSH Startup Kitchen.
What Sets Fluent.ai Apart?
After seven years of research, the company developed a wide range of artificial intelligence (AI) software products to help original equipment manufacturers (OEM) expand their services. Three key aspects stood out to BSH, which operates across the world and in unique factory environments.
- Robust noise controls. The system can operate even in loud conditions.
- Low latency. The AI understands commands quickly and accurately.
- Multilingual support. BSH can expand the automation to any of its 50+ country operations.
How Voice Automation Works
Instead of pressing buttons, BSH factory workers will now be able to speak into a headset fitted with Fluent.ai’s voice recognition technology. After uttering a WakeWord, workers can use a command to start assembly line movement. As the technology is hands-free, workers benefit from less physical strain, which will both reduce employee fatigue and boost line production.
‘Implementing Fluent’s technology has already improved efficiencies within our factory, with initial implementation of the solution cutting down the transition time from four seconds to one and a half”, said Markus Maier, Project Lead at the BSH factory. ‘In the long run, the production time savings will be invaluable’.
Future Global Adoption
In the coming years, BSH and Fluent.ai will continue to push for artificial intelligence on factory lines, pursuing efficiency, ergonomics, and a healthy work environment. ‘We started with Fluent.ai on one factory assembly line, moved to three, and [are now] considering rolling the technology out worldwide’, said Maier.
Said Probal Lala, Fluent.ai’s CEO: ‘We are thrilled to be working with BSH, a company at the forefront of innovation. Seeing your solution out in the real world is incredibly rewarding, and we look forward to continuing and growing our collaboration’.