May 16, 2020

Ford set to introduce 30 new vehicles in China over next three years

Ford
Lincoln
China
Electric Vehicles
Sean Galea-Pace
1 min
The automotive giant, Ford, is planning to unveil over 30 new Ford and Lincoln vehicles in China over the next three years as it begins to tackle a redu...

The automotive giant, Ford, is planning to unveil over 30 new Ford and Lincoln vehicles in China over the next three years as it begins to tackle a reduction in sales in the world’s biggest automaker market, according to CNN Business.

In a statement, Ford revealed that approximately one-third of the new cars will be electric vehicles (EV). Despite a slowdown in the overall auto market, sales of EVs are increasing following the government’s policy to clean up the country’s environment.

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Jim Hackett, Ford CEO, said: “China is leading the world with smart vehicles, and is a key part of Ford's global vision for the future. Ford is deeply committed to China, and with our new China leadership team and vision, we're investing in the future.”

After the United States, China is Ford’s second biggest market. Ford’s announcement is part of a wider relaunch of the automaker’s strategy in China which is set to focus on new technology and adapt its Ford and Lincoln brands to local needs.

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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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