VW Invests in Chinese AI Startup

Your next Volkswagen may pass the Turing test thanks to a $180 million investment the company is making into Mobvoi Inc. The Chinese startup, is working on artificial intelligence and is already backed by Google.

Volkswagen wants to use the company’s voice-recognition and natural language processing technology. The technology will allow for a smart rear view mirror, providing massaging information and navigation through voice input.

Mobvoi was founded in 2012, by a group of former Google employees, and is only one of the many Chinese tech companies that is becoming more heavily involved in the automotive sector. WayRay, for instance is making holographic displays for cars, while SAIC Motor is working to develop internet systems for cars with the help of Banma Technologies, reports Automotive News.

Google valued Mobvoi at $300 million in 2015, and the startup currently sells the Ticwatch. It has been a hit in China thanks to its voice-activated search function.