Focus on the Intersection of Voice Technology and the Modern Connected Car

Mercedes-Benz, Google, Amazon, and Intel to Present, Among Many Others

Voice of the Car Summit, taking place April 7-8, 2020. We Will look at the future of the modern connected car, and how leading automobile brands are integrating voice assistants and associated technology into their vehicles. The event is part of the VoiceFirst Events Series, and the presenting sponsor is Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc.

“The Voice of the Car Summit will share how companies in the automobile industry are approaching this fascinating, complex frontier,” said Bradley Metrock, executive producer of Voice of the Car Summit and host of the popular podcast This Week In Voice. “The event will address who’s leading the industry in this space, who’s guiding the evolution, best practices and where we’re headed in the future and we are extremely pleased that Rachel Batish the VP of Product Strategy at Audioburst is presenting at the event.

The opening keynote will be presented by Robert Bruchhardt, senior software engineer, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America. Representatives from Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa Auto teams will provide anticipated updates, and numerous players from around the automotive space will follow over the course of a powerhouse two-day program.

Highlights of additional topics include: Conversational AI in the Automobile; Voice-Based Avatars in Cars; The Importance of Audio Quality; Testing and Monitoring in the Connected Car; Bringing New Languages to the Modern Connected Car; and Re-Inventing Navigation.

Other innovative companies participating in Voice of the Car Summit include: Google, Intel, Ford, HEAD acoustics, Bespoken, Soundhound, what3words, Loom.ai, Hi Auto, ReadSpeaker, Botmock, Cerence, and Potato. The event will feature an exhibit area and a special Google-sponsored reception for all attendees.

Registration and conference details for the 2020 Voice of the Car Summit are available at https://www.VoiceoftheCar.com. previously, was sold out and to be held at club auto sport in san jose, california
now, after CDC guidance, to be held as a worldwide online event

Join Audioburst’s VP of Product Strategy, Rachel Batish, to learn and discuss the latest on automotive entertainment and Audio Curation In The Car.

Audioburst’s Android Automotive OS app included in Google exhibition at CES

Google has managed to capture the most news coverage and floor space at CES the past two years and plans to have a large presence again in 2020. While there isn’t a full amusement park sized ride in Las Vegas like in 2019, Android Automotive OS will make its first appearance. 

CES attendees will be able to sit inside a Volvo XC40 Recharge, the automaker’s first fully-electric car, and enjoy Audioburst as part of the vehicle’s new infotainment system that will be made available through the Google Play Store. Powered by Android Automotive OS, the Audioburst app offers curated playlists, a personalized news feed, and voice search, all specifically tailored to the driving experience. The solution will be on display from January 7 – 10, 2020 at CES in Las Vegas at the Google Assistant Playground Central Plaza-1.

“Automakers used to compete primarily based on style, comfort, and performance. However, the battle for differentiation is increasingly shifting to the in-car driving experience. Consumers want personalization and instant access to digital services while on-the-go and that includes their entertainment and information options. At the same time, talk audio listening, which includes news, podcasts, and other spoken-word content has risen sharply over the past ten years. Audioburst’s personalized talk audio solutions operate at the intersection of these consumer trends and are perfectly suited for commuters. We are excited to show off our new app for Android Automotive OS with Google and Volvo at CES and demonstrate how the driving experience will evolve in the 2020s,” said Gal Klein, co-founder, and chief technology officer of Audioburst.

Audioburst selected as one of the first apps on Google’s Automotive Infotainment System

 

 

Psst…drivers, get excited — this announcement is for you!

In July 2019, we introduced Audioburst Auto, our initial solution for the Android Auto platform. Chock-full of features like topical playlists, voice control, and even a personal news feed, Audioburst Auto brought the best of talk audio in-car for the first time.

Over the past 3 months, we’ve been working on advancing our commitment to in-car audio experiences, and today, we’re excited to announce that the Audioburst app is one of the first to launch on Google’s Android Automotive OS.

Now Playing / Audioburst on Android Automotive OS

Taking in-car experiences to the next level

The arrival of Google’s auto-focused operating system means that the days of being tethered to your phone while on the road are over! With native versions of Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store, even if you forget your phone at home, you can still access apps like Audioburst directly from your car’s infotainment screen.

The ability to run apps natively, however, is more than just handy.

Pulling in content via Bluetooth or a cable doesn’t compare to a native app, performance-wise. Developers are no longer trying to build apps whose functionality can hopefully be passable in-car. Instead, they can use Google’s Android Automotive OS emulator to build an optimized experience that looks good, feels natural, and caters specifically to the needs and wants of the driver.

In addition, by transitioning to a standard operating system, automotive companies are free to focus on the car, leaving the job of designing cutting edge, entertainment, navigation, and voice technology to developers and brands whom users already trust and associate with quality. Carmakers can, however, customize the UI, ensuring their infotainment systems maintain a familiar feel.

Personalized Playlist / Audioburst on Android Auto OS

Both the new automotive OS and Audioburst app were debuted last week at Android Dev Summit. In addition, leading automotive manufacturers such as GM and Volvo are already working with the technology.

In fact, the new Audioburst app was spotted in the wild (along with the likes of Spotify, NPR1, iHeartRadio, and Amazon Music) at the recent Volvo XC40 reveal event as part of the infotainment system demo.

The choice to demo the operating system’s capabilities through the use of audio-centric media apps is important to note. It illustrates the importance of audio, both music, and spoken word, to the driving experience. While games, videos, and the selfie may reign supreme on mobile devices, in-car, they can’t hold a candle to the hands-free, vision independent ease of audio.

Leading the charge

While every product release is special, we’re feeling energized by the innovation surrounding the next generation of in-car entertainment.

“It’s such an exciting time for the automotive space. People are constantly on the move and our busy lifestyles call for technology that can keep up. Having access to your favorite apps and entertainment in-car is a must, and we’re happy to help lead the charge in making that happen.”

— Rachel Batish, VP of Product at Audioburst

The next time you hit the road, hit the road with Audioburst…you’re going to like what you hear!

Audioburst announces talk-audio integration on Samsung’s Bixby platform

 

Consumers today are extremely brand-loyal. From phones to clothing to where we shop for groceries, all of us have preferences and tend to stick pretty closely to our trusted brands. A recent study revealed that “39.4% [of consumers] will spend more on a product [from a preferred brand] even if there are cheaper options elsewhere.”

Now that’s loyal!

One frustrating thing about brand loyalty when it comes to the technology field is the lack of compatibility across platforms and devices. There is nothing worse than finding out that the cool new app or functionality that you want to use isn’t available on your preferred device or platform.

Audioburst doesn’t think you should have to choose between your favorite platform and your favorite apps, which is why we’re happy to announce that soon Audioburst will be available on Samsung’s Bixby platform.

Audioburst integration on the Bixby platform

Enjoy:

  • A personalized newsfeed

Get the information you’re interested in, such as breaking news stories, business, sports, entertainment, and tech, as well as set alerts for any other topics that are important to you.

  • Real-time weather, & traffic reports

Need a heads up on what to expect before you head out? Get the latest local weather & traffic report for your metro area from sources that you can trust.

  • Voice search

Get the latest, on, well, anything! Ask Audioburst whatever you want to know and instantly receive fresh, relevant results, all delivered in an easy-to-digest short-form style.

“We’re excited to be working with Audioburst as part of Bixby’s Developer Premier program. We’re always looking for new, innovative ways to bring Bixby users the information and entertainment they need, and we think Audioburst’s short-form, hands-free approach to audio is a perfect match.”

– David Gene Oh, Senior Director at Samsung Electronics America

No matter if you’re Google obsessed, an Alexa die-hard, or a Samsung loyal, when you need real-time information, you can always count on Audioburst.

Audioburst launches Audioburst Auto, bringing real-time talk-audio to the Android Auto platform

 

If there’s one thing that goes hand-in-hand with the driving experience, it’s audio. From podcasts to the AM/FM dial, drivers love to tune-in while running errands, commuting, and taking road trips. However, right from the beginning, it posed a problem: distracted driving.

In the early days, we had to squint at the dial as we searched for a channel. Today, we have glowing electronic screens with even more information. Radio stations, song titles, episode names, album cover art…it’s a lot to digest.

(Especially for someone who is supposed to be driving!)

At Audioburst, our goal is to make sure that listeners can safely access the world’s talk-audio, anywhere, anytime, which is why we’ve developed our newest consumer-facing product, Audioburst Auto.

Audioburst Auto is an app created for the Android Auto platform, designed to provide expertly curated playlists, a personalized news feed, and search capabilities to the on-the-go listener. All features are built using Audioburst’s innovative short-format approach and are completely accessible via voice command.

A closer look at Audioburst Auto

 

A playlist for everyone

When you’re behind the wheel, your job is to get where you need to be safely.

Our job is to entertain!

Audioburst Auto offers a selection of curated playlists, all hand-picked by our resident team of audiophiles. There are playlists that set you up for success such as BusinessTech, and World News; playlists that aim to delight such our Entertainment playlist; playlists that offer smart, quirky content such as our ‘Off Beat’ mix; and playlists that relay the latest plays and trades, like Audioburst Auto’s Sports feed.

Let’s get personal

While many smart-speakers and voice-assisted apps play a generic ‘news briefing,’ Audioburst allows you to have complete control when it comes to building your very own personalized news feed.

Pick and choose from a wide array of topics, ranging from content from our curated playlists and trending searches to the latest in news and entertainment. Even add your own keywords to the mix to make your playlist uniquely your own.

Whether you just need a quick update on today’s top stories, or you’re desperate for real-time Justin Bieber alerts, we’ve got your back.

  

Ask us anything

Sometimes you want to know what Kanye West has done now, while other times you may need the current traffic report for New York City.

Either way, Audioburst Auto has the answer.

Audioburst’s AI-powered search and discovery platform takes your question and returns fresh, relevant short-form audio results sourced from thousands of podcasts and radio broadcasts.

When you need information on-the-go, “talk to Audioburst” Auto.

Just the facts

The Audioburst Auto experience focuses on our signature audio ‘bursts’ — short-form audio snippets that capture the best moments from long-form talk-audio content. Bursts ensure that the experience delivered to listeners consists only of the content they want with no fillers.

With bursts, drivers don’t need to divert their eyes from the road to fiddle with a radio dial or fast forward to a specific timestamp in a podcast. Audioburst Auto surfaces the content that you want, when you want it, freeing you up for the task at hand.

“Bringing Audioburst’s short-form focus in-car is a no-brainer. No more pressing buttons, no distracted driving, just quality talk-audio content whenever you need it.”

— Rachel Batish, VP of Product, Audioburst

Download + Drive

Ready to take Audioburst Auto for a spin? Download Audioburst Auto from Google’s Android Auto store and “talk to Audioburst” today!