May 16, 2020

REVEALED: The brand new Range Rover Evoque convertible

Range Rover
Jaguar Land Rover
Range Rover Evoque
automoti
Glen White
2 min
The new Range Rover Evoque convertible.
Land Rover has announced plans to produce a convertible model of its highly successful Range Rover Evoque. The Evoque is the companys best-selling vehic...

Land Rover has announced plans to produce a convertible model of its highly successful Range Rover Evoque. The Evoque is the company’s best-selling vehicle to date.

The convertible concept was first launched at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and has been highly anticipated ever since. In recent months, speculation has been mounting about when it will eventually go into mass-production.

Land Rover says the new Evoque will be the world’s first premium compact SUV convertible. The drop-top SUV will be built at Land Rover’s Halewood plant in Merseyside, UK where existing Evoque and Discovery Sport production takes place.

According to reports, the new vehicle will go on sale in 2016 and Land Rover marked the latest announcement with the release of an underground testing film.

The first prototype of the Evoque Convertible was given exclusive access to the 26-mile network of Crossrail tunnels 40 metres below the streets of London.

The film shows the convertible being lowered into the tunnel network by crane, before negotiating a range of obstacles through the 6.2 metre diameter tunnel.

Murray Dietsch, director of Land Rover Programmes said, “The tunnels are still under construction, so we had a unique opportunity to explore the vehicle’s all-terrain ability in unchartered territory.”

Land Rover will announce further details about the Evoque Convertible later this year. It follows in the footsteps of three and five-door versions of the Evoque premium compact SUV, which has seen the marque’s global sales soar and profits surge.

In the year to April 2014, JLR posted a pre-tax profit of £2.5 billion, up from £1.67 billion in 2012/13.

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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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