Ron Di Carlantonio

Will Knight Rider's K.I.T.T. Be in Your Next Car?

How close are we to Knight Rider's K.I.T.T.? The connected car is a natural home for virtual assistants, where drivers want to stay in touch. But we don't want them fiddling with technology while they drive. The connected virtual assistant – done right – will make driving safe, simple and fun. Even passengers in self-driving cars will demand the help of virtual assistants! But how usable are today's automotive virtual assistants? This lively talk will review why intelligent and conversational assistants are necessary for automotive, what is the state of the art, and how far technology can take us in the future.

Ron is the CEO and founder of iNAGO, a Tokyo/Toronto-based company creating next-generation conversational digital assistants. Graduating from Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, Ron moved to Japan and created the cult software AQUAZONE – a virtual aquarium with artificial life. Wanting more, Ron focused on making computers more human-like. In 1998, he founded iNAGO and created netpeople, a software platform enabling humans to interact naturally with computers. In Japan, Toyota, NEC and others have used netpeople in next-generation solutions from smartphones to robots. In 2015, Ron launched netpeople in North America to power automotive and all smart devices.

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