Google is now using “federated learning” on Android to reduce “Hey Google” misactivations and misses. while There will be Hey Google versions of the Fiat 500, 500X and 500L, each getting those additional design elements so you’ll never forget that you bought the Hey Google edition of this plucky little car.
Last year, Google introduced the ability to customize how sensitive your Smart Displays and speakers are to the hotword.
Federated learning is a privacy-enhancing technique that allows Google to improve machine learning models without sending any raw data to Google servers.
Assistant is now using federated learning on Android to prevent “Hey Google” misactivations and misses.
Google said that with federated learning, its goal is to cut down on instances when Google Assistant randomly misactivates. It also wants to avoid scenarios when you say “Hey Google” and Assistant doesn’t trigger.
The company is using federated learning so that raw data — you saying something close to “Hey Google” — is processed locally.
Instead of audio being sent to the cloud, your device only sends a “summary of the model changes to [a] Google server.” This will help “adjust Google Assistant’s triggering logic.”
“Federated learning uses the voice recordings stored on users’ devices to refine models like ‘Hey Google,’” Google said. “It learns how to adjust the model from the voice data, and sends a summary of the model changes to Google servers. To provide a better model for everyone, these summaries are aggregated across users.”
According to Google, federated learning will perform computations on your device only when the device is idle, plugged in, and connected to WiFi. Recordings used to improve the “Hey Google” model are kept by Google for no longer than 63 days unless you delete them before then.
Besides for Assistant, Google already uses federated learning on Gboard and the Health Studies app. This feature is not widely rolled out today and only appeared on one device/account (Pixel 5 on Android 11).
The ‘Hey Google’ car: Fiat 500 family given Google branding
Tech companies like Google have been putting their technology in cars for years, but a new collaboration marks the first time drivers will be able to motor around in an actual Google-branded car.
Fiat recently unveiled the new special edition Fiat 500 “Hey Google” family of vehicles, which have Google Assistant technology that lets owners communicate with their cars remotely and bear Google logos and design features on both the outside and inside of the cars.
The Italian automaker, owned by Stellantis, announced the collaboration with Google on Wednesday, with a press release touting its three new special edition Fiat 500s — the Fiat 500, the 500X crossover, and the 500L multi-purpose vehicle — as “where Google technology meets the coolness.”
“The 500 Family Hey Google makes it possible to interact remotely with your 500, 500X and 500L in the most intuitive way, with simple voice commands, thanks to the integration of Mopar Connect services and Google Assistant in the ‘My Fiat’ Action,” the release from Fiat’s corporate parent, Stellantis, stated.
With the introduction of the new cars, the release stated, “Google Assistant leaves its mark on a car for the first time.”
According to Stellantis, which also owns brands Jeep, Alfra Romeo and Lancia, among others, Fiat has sold 3.5 million 500-level cars since introducing the model in 2007, the release stated.
With the new Google features, car owners can interact with vehicle systems via smartphones or the Google Nest Hub home-connection device, according to the release. Each new car will come with a Google Nest and special 500-branded skin for it.
New 500 family Hey Google: 500 style meets Google technology
The special series is equipped with the Hey Google voice assistant, so customers can connect to their car even when they are away from it, using nothing but their own voice to request and receive information on the car and to interact with it.
They can do so via their smartphone or the Google Nest Hub, a digital display included with the welcome kit they receive when purchasing a new 500 family Hey Google car. This user-friendly and innovative connectivity can make everyday life even easier.
The Hey Google special series increases customer interaction with the car. Even from a sofa at home, all it takes is to say “Hey Google, ask my Fiat…” to find out where the car is parked, how much fuel is left, the location of the nearest workshop.
In its interaction with the Fiat Mopar Connect telematics box, included as standard with the new Hey Google models, the Hey Google voice assistant provides all the information required to keep the vehicle status under constant control, find the car’s location and monitor the journeys made – a service also useful for fleet managers.
The voice assistant is always there for the customer, as it’s connected to their mobile phone, smart device and the Nest Hub.