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XPeng integrates Text-To-Speech service from Microsoft in P7 smart sedan

by SEP Editor
3 mins read

On January 7, Microsoft announced that Xpeng, China’s leading smart electric vehicle company, has successfully upgraded its automotive-grade voice assistant with the support of TTS (Text-to-Speech), a deep neural network based on Microsoft Smart Cloud Azure, further enhancing the technology level of smart car voice assistants. 

Chinese customers who purchase the P7 model of Xpeng can now upgrade the new human-voice-like intelligent voice assistant “Xiao P” via OTA (Over-The-Air), and Xpeng also plans to introduce this technology upgrade to several other models via OTA.

(Photo Credit: Xpeng)

What is Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a platform that enables users to engage in agile cloud computing, and is designed for creating and managing apps through Microsoft’s data centres.

After dealing with technical difficulties, reliance on the internet and energy are minimised.

After several months of collaboration, Microsoft and Xpeng have worked together to solve three technical problems in the application of speech synthesis technology.

Reliance on the internet is minimised

By solving the problem of unstable network, the car can have a high quality and stable Voice Assistant by creating multi-layer caching space which can pre-set and cache high quality voice files in advance, to minimise the reliance on the internet.

The resource pressures are also minimised

With Microsoft Azure’s caching and compression capabilities, Mirs compressed the voice to a very small size. By greatly reducing the use of the data network and the computing power of the entire vehicle, it is now possible to provide a realistic human-like sound experience without taking up too much resources.

The Chinese Government realised the lack of motivation to innovate, and did a great job in order to deal with it.

Chinese electric vehicle manufacturers have been receiving government subsidies for a long time and seem to be bottlenecked in terms of innovation. However, the Chinese government has recognised this problem and reacted by reducing subsidies, allowing Chinese EV companies to move from a ‘policy-oriented’ to a ‘market-oriented’ approach in order to improve their competitiveness against the beast that is the Chinese EV market from around the world. Microsoft’s cooperation with Xpeng would be a good start.

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