May 16, 2020

Bosch and Daimler confirm San Jose as pilot city to trial self-driving vehicles

Automotive
Technology
autonomous
selfdriving
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
The automotive giants, Bosch and Daimler, have announced that San Jose is set to be the pilot city to test their autonomous vehicle technology.
The automotive giants, Bosch and Daimler, have announced that San Jose is set to be the pilot city to test their autonomous vehicle technology, Practica...

The automotive giants, Bosch and Daimler, have announced that San Jose is set to be the pilot city to test their autonomous vehicle technology, Practical Motoring reports.

It has been revealed that both companies will provide self-driving on-demand ride-hailing services to a “selected user community in San Jose.”

In a joint statement, the companies said: “Using automated Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles, Bosch and Daimler propose to offer the service to a selected user community in the San Carlos/Stevens Creek corridor between downtown and west San José.”

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It is anticipated that the selected user community will have the ability to hail a self-driving car via an app operated by Daimler Mobility Services, which is watched by a safety driver, from a specific pick-up location and sees the passengers driven automatically to their destination.

In a bid to develop autonomous vehicle technology, the two firms have collaborated and developed a close connection with employees from both companies working together.

Bosch is set to be responsible for components such as sensors, actuators and control units with Daimler tasked with bringing the drive system into the car and providing the necessary development vehicles, test facilities and vehicles for the test fleet.

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Jun 16, 2021

Fluent.ai x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line

Fluentai
BSH
AI
Technology
2 min
Fluent.ai and BSH announce plans to bring speech-to-intent AI to the assembly line that will increase factory efficiency and improve worker ergonomics

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’. 

 

 

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