Cerence has been granted a patent for an apparatus that entertains passengers in a vehicle. The infotainment system includes an automotive assistant that interacts with the passengers through a spatially-cognizant entertainment application. The assistant receives information about the vehicle’s environment from peripheral devices, providing spatial intelligence to enhance the entertainment experience. GlobalData’s report on Cerence gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Cerence, smart voice assistant was a key innovation area identified from patents. Cerence's grant share as of September 2023 was 76%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Spatially-cognizant entertainment application for passenger vehicles

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Cerence Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11745095B2) describes an apparatus for an infotainment system integrated into a passenger vehicle. The system includes an automotive assistant that communicates with peripheral devices to gather spatial intelligence about the vehicle's environment. The assistant uses this information to execute an entertainment application for the passengers in the vehicle. The spatial intelligence is used to identify features in the environment, and the execution of the entertainment application depends on this information.

The peripheral-device set includes a camera and a geolocation module. The camera captures image information from outside the vehicle, which is provided to the automotive assistant. The geolocation module provides location information about the vehicle's geographic location. The automotive assistant uses both the image information and location information to determine the execution of the entertainment application.

The automotive assistant is configured to assist the passengers in identifying features in the environment and provide information about these features. It can respond to requests from the passengers and provide assistance in identifying features. The assistant can also provide hints and interpret gestures from the passengers to determine their expectations regarding the direction of a feature in the vehicle's environment.

The infotainment system includes a speech interface that allows the automotive assistant to communicate with the passengers using speech. The assistant can use the speech interface to provide spoken assistance in identifying features and gather information about different features identified by the passengers.

Additional elements in the apparatus include a haptic element, a cabin light, and a pointer. The automotive assistant can activate these elements to assist the passengers in identifying features and drawing their attention to specific directions.

The patent also describes various scenarios and games that can be executed by the infotainment system. These include games where the automotive assistant and the passengers take turns in identifying features based on clues provided by each other, as well as object-identification games where one player draws an object and the other player tries to match it with objects from a set.

Overall, this granted patent describes an infotainment system integrated into a passenger vehicle that uses spatial intelligence gathered from peripheral devices to execute entertainment applications and assist passengers in identifying and interacting with features in the vehicle's environment.

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