A framework for providing suggestions based on drive context is described. Described techniques can be implemented in virtual assistant or other software accessed via a device directly installed in a vehicle or available via a user mobile device paired with a vehicle infotainment system. With user permission, a drive context and a drive stage (e.g., pre-drive, active drive, end of drive) is determined based on one or more user-permitted factors, and is utilized along with other permitted contextual information to generate a ranked list of suggestions for activities such as media playback, communication actions (calls, messages, etc.), etc. and of informational content. The top ranking suggestions are provided to the user via a user interface. User selection of the suggestions can trigger user-requested actions such as starting media playback, placing a call, etc.
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Natarajan, Sriram and Singh, Dharminder, "Contextual Suggestions Based on Driving Stage and Context", Technical Disclosure Commons, (December 11, 2020)